Taking Resposibilty for Your Fellow Man

I was watching an on-the-street interview with one of the “Wall Street Occupiers” yesterday, and he summed up his philosophy by stating that “we just believe that the more fortunate should take responsibility for their fellow man”. This pretence of compassion is one of the most often-repeated appeals of the Socialist, but the problems with it as an ethical foundation are plethora.

The most obvious problem is that one human being cannot determine the moral obligations of another. Beyond the obvious fact that no human being can possibly comply with every moral inclination of every other human being, a free society recognises that no human being holds moral authority over another. Legislative authority, yes–but legislation is not morality, as I’m sure most of the OWS people would agree.

Even if we were to re-define “morality” such that one person can determine another’s, we run into the problem of attaching morality to random chance. How is it valid to demand that the “more fortunate” have a moral burden, when they might very well be the “less fortunate” tomorrow? Obviously, this is a ridiculous demand–the only possible rational statement would be that “everyone should take care of each other”–which of course completely removes any possible action by the government.

Following that thought, we come to the most important problem with this (mis)statement of morality: if YOU want TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for your fellow man (and this fellow took great pains to explain that he wasn’t looking for a handout; he was a “successful businessman” addressing “inequalities”), then YOU have to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for your fellow man. This is an action known as “charity”. It is practiced around the world by the Christian Church and other groups who TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for their fellow man. Socialism is the ABDICATION of responsibility; not to care for the “less fortunate” fellow man, but to PUNISH the successful. This wrong is compounded in the United States, where Socialism at the Federal level is explicitly contrary to the Constitution. Every time the Federal government acts to deprive one citizen of his earnings and hand them to another citizen, we have undermined the basis of our freedom.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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