Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mother knows best

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When I was a child, I was very naive; naive with how the world works and naive in my idealism, as most children are. When I was about 10, I asked my mom why the U.S.S.R. was so bad, and why America didn't get along with them (they were still around then). I said socialism doesn't sound bad, it seemed quasi-utopian to me back then that everybody was treated equally and everybody earned the same. My mom explained it as this: "it sounds great in theory, but there is a big difference between what things look like on paper and how they play out in reality."

Two main problems exist with the government creating an artificially leveled playing field.

1. Not everybody is created equally. Anybody with respect for Darwin, evolution and intelligence realizes that not everybody has the same gifts or same intelligence. Some people are by default harder workers, some people are more apt to learn sciences such as medicine, others engineering, others math, others computers. Some people are good listeners; others are good at farming. Some jobs require more skill than other jobs: those jobs deserve to be compensated more. Work, in and of itself, can not be quantified as having equal value. How would you quantify that to begin with?

2. Human green, avarice and manipulation. People have a really hard time not forming castes based on any one of a million dividing factors. That's one of the reasons people chose to divide by income in a capitalist society. Secondly, as history as shown, there is always an urge to take advantage of the masses.

Mother knows best.

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