Philosophical Musings

Philosophical Musings

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Monsters Among Us

For thousands of years, humanity has strived toward the basic principle of Natural Law: Each person has a right to their life, liberty, & property. That is Natural Law, in a nutshell. The most basic recognition of this Law is the right to life. You are a sovereign human being, & you have a sacred right to live. Your life is not subject to the whims of other people, who might wish you harm, for whatever reason. No one, regardless of how smart, rich, or powerful they are has the right to take away your basic right to live. We have developed Law & Justice as a deterrence to those who would harm us, & use our collective strength to defend the weak from the strong. There has always been evil in humanity. There are those among us who only wish to kill & destroy. They do it for profit, for fun, or some other twisted, antisocial reason. Responsible, thinking people have opposed them for millennia, promoting Natural Law & the sanctity of human life.

But now, the monsters have ascended to positions of power. They have systematically distorted Law to their own agendas, twisting justice into injustice, & attacking the very core of Law. They redefine life, morality, & try to obscure their evil deeds by moral relativism. Lately, we have seen the face of evil in the planned parenthood videos. Horrible people glibly chat about killing babies, picking over their bones like hyenas. Callously indifferent to the suffering & murder of these innocents, the monsters only joke about the money they will make off of the organs from these murdered children. These are criminals.. vicious animals who only kill & destroy.

But they are not alone. They have co-conspirators in their treachery. For over 50 yrs their propagandists have carried the water for them, enabling them through the distortion of Law, the perversion of Justice, & the corruption of morality. They have done it all through public funds. No civilized, thinking person would contribute money to promote or defend these inhumane practices, so they tap into the public treasury, infiltrating positions of influence to promote their agenda. All the major institutions.. govt, media, academia, entertainment.. ALL of them have been complicit with the destruction of the family & the murder of innocent life. Hitler is condemned for killing millions of jews. We have multiplied his crimes, & made a public institution of it.

It is quite simple. The womb is a place for a new human to grow & develop, depending on the birth mother for nutrients & protection. This amazing phenomena is plainly obvious, but many disagree about it's significance. Some seem to think that because the womb is providing these services, the owner of the womb has to right to terminate the life of the 'boarder'. My contention is that the mammalian status of the nurturer does not give them the right to terminate the new human's existence, for any reason but self defense. Being a mammal is fraught with inconveniences, but also has percs. We have to live with our specie-ial make up. That is the way we procreate.

We all agree about the dependency of the unborn child but there is disagreement about the correlation of the new human's rights in this dependency. Some seem to think that because the host mother is the sole provider of nutrition & protection, she should have the right to terminate the life of the new human developing inside her. I maintain that the new human has rights, which should NOT be negated for the convenience or 'choice' of the host mother. The child is still COMPLETELY dependent, before & after birth. The only difference is the birth mother is the only one who can do it before birth. Why should that simple fact nullify the new human's right to life? Why is he unprotected as a person one minute before birth, but is a protected person 1 minute after birth?

Civilized, enlightened societies try to protect the weak from the strong, & our degeneration as a society reflects our values of human life. I have fully embraced the decline of our culture, & accept the indicators of our decline. This is one of many, & spells the end of civilization in America, as it has in other post moral societies. Killing unborn babies is now acceptable, & has become mainstream. I fought it for many years, in the 70s & into the 80s, but the barbarism of America continues to grow, as other indicators also illustrate. I see abortion as a dehumanizing criminal act, racist in its origins in America, & part of the socially engineered destruction of the family. I have hoped for a return to morality & civility, but i do not see it, or expect it anymore. We are a lost society, with no moral anchor for our culture. Like others before us, we will fade into the anonymity of history. But it is very sad that a once moral people, who valued freedom, built a working system of self rule, & extolled the virtues of human liberty, are now complicit with the destroyers of life & liberty.

We cannot escape the bloodguilt of the innocent, murdered for profit & convenience by evil monsters among us. But our complicity & silence will not be overlooked. The cry of innocent blood calls out from the land, & we can only hang our heads in shame, holding out bloodstained hands. How can a moral people stand idly by while millions of innocents are murdered? Do you think our feigned helplessness will atone for our crimes? No, we have been complicit by our silence, by our taxes, by our turning a blind eye toward the evil in our midst. If we cannot or will not fight the monsters among us, how can we escape the judgment of God? Sodom & Gomorrah were amateurs. Dachau & Auschwitz were wannabes, compared to the human destruction from the American abortion industry. Pol Pot, Stalin, & Mao were rank amateurs. We in America have made murder into a respectable profession. It is big business, yet still subsidized by the taxpayers. This only confirms our own guilt in this bloody war on the unborn.

Where is the indignation over this injustice? Where are the defenders of human life? Why are those charged with providing justice for our nation complicit with the murderers & criminals among us?

America. Once a champion of natural law, & the sanctity of human life, now has fallen to the dredges of humanity, complicit with the unjust murder of millions of innocent people. This is not my America. This is not my heritage, to kill & destroy life. How can a civilized, thinking people fall to such depravity? How can we think that there will be no repercussions from the universe over this crime against life?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Destruction of Production

When i was growing up, most men worked. Most of the moms stayed at home, raising the family & managing the household. Teenagers got jobs, when they were old enough. I started working for 50c/hr in a horse stable, mucking stalls at 14. Then, i got a better paying job at 65c/hr at a farmer's produce stand. But the holy grail for the kids where i lived was construction work. Those guys made big bucks. They made $2/hr & more! They drove hot cars, & had hot girls riding with them. My best friend growing up worked with his dad in construction, as a laborer. We didn't get allowances, or a lot of gadgets for birthdays or holidays. We got clothes, & usually one item that was 'fun'. I got a 22 single shot rifle for christmas at 16, & plinked happily away, even though i had to buy my own ammo.. at 50c/box. My buddy had a nice hunting shotgun, & if i wanted to go bird hunting with him, i'd need one too. It took a long time to save up $35 to buy a 16 ga pump from a neighbor, & i could not afford to shoot it much, since i had to buy my shells, too.

I had a bicycle.. one i had cobbled together from broken ones, & it had bad brakes. But i rode it everywhere. At 16, i put together a functional car from broken volkswagen beetles that my dad had acquired for that purpose. One was a mangled mess, but with a good engine. The other had a decent body, but a blown engine. Combined, they made a functional car.. my car, & it enabled me to get a higher paying job to buy gas & other stuff. It was a union job.. $1.60/hr as a dept store stocker. But now, i was flush with cash. I drove all over town with my buddies, & the road was my new home. Mobility was like a drug, & i was addicted. Sometimes we took my car, but it wasn't very powerful or big, so my buddy's impala was better.

But to finance this high rolling lifestyle, i had to work. I had to save my money, manage it, & spend it wisely, or i'd be stuck at home. Gas was cheap, but so were the wages. I'd buy a coke every now & then or a burger, but not much. Eventually i scrimped & saved, & at 17, bought a new car.. really, almost new. ..only a couple of years old, for $1000. That was a TON of money, but this car was nice. A fiat convertible, with less power than my beetle, but was a cream puff & fit my upwardly mobile, flamboyant personality. I had to work full time in the summers to pay for it, making payments to my dad, who financed it at reasonable interest. It was only a 2 seater, so i could only carry one buddy, or a girl at a time. But with this new symbol of status & prestige, my confidence soared. I bought a motorcycle, too, & continued my cruising ways. I kept this car through college, where i credit it to sweeping the girl of my dreams off her feet. She rode with me a few times, dazzled by my confidence, prosperity, & dreams of the future... at least, that's what i thought.

So what does this trip down memory lane have to do with production? That is the point of this article, isn't it?

Yes. The point is cultural changes, & not for the better. Young people in middle America, where i lived, were expected to work & earn their own way. There was no expectation of a free ride. Sure, some rich kids were spoiled & given everything, but they were not respected. Young men had an expectation of working at fruitful labor.. doing something useful for society. Building, farming, manufacturing.. these were the productive, high paying jobs for working class people. College kids went into engineering, medicine, or some other profession. Very few of my peers wanted to be actors or sports heroes, or rock stars, or politicians, or govt workers, or welfare queens. USEFUL PRODUCTION was the expectation, & all the people could see the benefit, not only for the kid working, but for everyone. My folks wanted me to be a lawyer.. they were in real estate, & saw the need of jurisprudence in their industry, & had to pay hefty sums for those services. They also thought that i liked to argue, & was eloquent enough to succeed as a counselor (who, me?). I went to college, continuing my education. But i wanted to do something. I wanted to be outside, & create something useful. So i dropped out of college, & went into construction, still a high paying job for a working stiff. I'm a retired home builder, now, and i do not regret my choice. I am sure i would have been a successful lawyer, but the climate i grew up in.. with farming, construction, & production, elevated as esteemed avocations, put me on that path. I also found out after studying genealogy, that many of my ancestors were in the building trades, so it could have been in my blood, too.

But the cultural influences on me, as a young man, where productive work was esteemed, embedded in my psyche. I have seen those influence waning, over the years. Sales, huckstering, political maneuvering, flash, & celebrity worship has taken over as the cultural admiration point. I watched Gilligan's island & star trek, but did not expect or want to be an actor. I listened to Crosby, Stills, & Nash, & the Beatles, but did not expect or want to be a rock star. But now the dreams of young people seem to be in NON or even counter productive 'work'. Easy living, not hard work is respected & admired. Partying & free stuff are expected as a right. Oh, there were deadbeats in my generation. I knew of many who wanted to just drink & smoke pot, drifting along doing as little as possible to survive. They were early riders on the govt gravy train, which enabled them to pursue uselessness as a career.

I see the corrupting influences of easy living, the 'get rich quick' philosophy of life, & the Great Fiction, that says govt can enable you to live off of everybody else, as taking over as the new cultural norm. The result of this philosophy is decline for the nation. No culture can sustain an increasing number of dependents & moochers. The explosion of govt & the welfare state is destroying the productivity of America. Instead of useful, productive work, people want easy street. Instead of building & growing, we elevate mooching & looting. This philosophy is deadly for a culture, & has caused the collapse of many societies in the past. When a work ethic is disdained, production will continue to decline until supplies dwindle to nothing. Printing money & living on borrowed fiat currency, without a vibrant, productive society to pay for it, only makes the bubble worse, when it pops.

I may not live to see the bubble pop. I can only hope that there will be a cultural awakening, to reverse this trend. But the signs are all there, for those who can see. If we do not return to a productive, strong work ethic value system, we will collapse under our own weight of uselessness & privilege.