Friday, September 26, 2008

Today's Word—Measuring Civic Health

The Argument for Apathy:

“Wouldn’t a really healthy citizenry in a really healthy country be as unaware of the government as a healthy man is unaware of his physiology?”
—Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970), naturalist


1 comment:

  1. Sahila ChangeBringerSeptember 28, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    A really healthy citizenry probably wouldnt need government - though perhaps it would still need some sort of committee to organise the logistics of 3D living, like calling in the plumber to fix the blocked drain!

    But if we were all truly healthy spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and our society was based on holistic, organic, negentropic principles rather than on capitalism and consumerism, I think we'd be self-regulating, coming from a place of compassion and empathy, love rather than fear, making choices for the highest good.

    There wouldnt be any reason to have external authority figures to impose one sector's version of 'truth, justice and liberty (the American way) for all' on another...

    Utopian, anarchist(?), unrealistic given the low expectations of human personality - we're all greedy, uncaring, only out for ourselves, looking to grab the main chance?

    But that's not in the inherent nature of a child - those are all learned attitudes, born out of fear of being left out, disenfranchised in some way, fear of not surviving in an inhumane structure....

    Oh, and I can just see the people at the top of the pyramid lining up in droves to give up all they have managed to amass under the current system of government! After all, most law was originally established by the powerful to punish and control those less powerful who dared to challenge the status quo...

    The idea that government protects the innocent and vulnerable is a smokescreen, designed to delude and again keep the masses quiet - government generally only works to restrict those who dont have access to enough resources to side-step or bypass regulation... have you ever noticed how government only steps in to fix a major problem after many years of that problem existing quite obviously? Its only when the transgressors get carelessly obvious and those at the bottom are squealing loudly enough that government belatedly acts to do something - and even then there are enough loopholes left to enable the transgressors to continue doing what they were doing - see for example this $700 Billion 'bail out' package...

    All too obviously greedy (mistake was in becoming too overt), lots of complaining noise, government plan to fix, but not taking enough time to think it through and ensure that real enforcement and regulation will be in place to prevent it happening again, or to return the benefits of the 'bail out' back to the people who will be paying for it....

    An old military police saying - "the crime is not in the doing, the crime is in being caught"!