"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Being Fortunate Does Not Mean One Should Be Stupid

Photo Credit: The Other 98%
Let's talk about this photo~you see, it is so kind, how dare anyone think it could be wrong.  Yet, this sign is wrong.  First off, to those that agree with this sign, I have a few questions.
  1. Do you have a place you call your home (whether it is a rental or a home you own)? 
  2. Do you have a method of transportation such as a vehicle, bicycle, or even scooter (private jet, boat, included)?
  3. Do you have a bank account in at least one bank or credit union?
  4. Do you have a place to receive mail for only you?
  5. Do you have health insurance, auto insurance, life insurance, pet insurance (any kind of insurance)?
  6. Do you have a cell phone (and or a land line in your #1)?
That's enough of the questions.  Now for my response to the answers which will help connect the dots to the photo.
Response to:
  1. If you have a place that you call your own whether it is as a renter or owner...and you lock the place up when you leave, when you are asleep, or all the time, why?  I'll tell you why. It is because it is your place.  You identify that space as yours.  Do you know how few people worldwide that can claim their own space?  You are fortunate. You need not lock your doors but open them to those in your area that are homeless or even to those traveling.  
  2. If you have a method of travel that is yours and yours alone, do you share rides with others?  Do you pick up people and take them places or do you allow others(not relatives or friends) but strangers to utilize your vehicle/bike/scooter?  No, of course not.  Why not? You are fortunate, most people outside the western world do not have access to their own vehicles, and in the US most can claim owning a vehicle.  You should share your vehicle, even if it means at times you are without. 
  3. Do you have a bank account? This means that you have money because otherwise the account is unnecessary.  Do you share your debit card?  Do you buy groceries for everyone that is in your checkout line?  Why not?  You have money and by the way, the majority of the world lives on less than $2.50 per day.  Share your money as you are fortunate.
  4. Having a place to receive personal, legal, and even junk mail is a privilege.  This is not something everyone has access to and therefore you are fortunate.  You should allow others to share your mailbox so they to can receive mail.  Do not distribute this, but allow them the same access you have.
  5. Do you have life insurance?  When you die who is to receive this?  Instead this should be shared with those that have lost loved ones with no insurance.  Do you have health insurance? If you do you should share your insurance with those without.  Now what about auto insurance?  You should zip over to the courthouse and pay the fines of those that have been caught and charged with driving with no insurance. 
  6. Do you have a cell phone?  Then you need to share with others as many people do not. In fact, you should give your cell phone away and only use your land line, but put a sign out front of your residence announcing that you have a phone for the public to use.  Many people cannot afford a phone and need one to arrange jobs, appointments and even family connections.  Be prepared to become a messenger for all the calls for others.
Why aren't people doing all the things I have suggested?  Why are the fingers being pointed about being charitable, but in turn those calling for this do not do this themselves.  Why?
Back to the photo.
When you are more fortunate than others you do not check common sense at the door.  History supports that in order to render aid or assistance we must be secure.  If we are helping another and we have nothing the help ceases pretty much immediately. 

We fence our property.  We lock our doors, we secure our belongings and protect our money.  Then in times of crises we assist those in need.  And the crises are not defined by the magnitude but the need.  If a neighbor's home burns down, the neighborhood gathers clothing, furniture and such to help.  When there is a natural disaster the Red Cross and other charitable agencies collect the monies that are so generously given.  In fact, America gives 1/3 of all donations worldwide.

When on an airplane we are told that if the oxygen bags drop, to place it on ourselves before we do for our children.  You know why?  Because if we are not taken care of, we cannot help the child. This is what building a fence means.  And the sign is a bit dramatic as it adds to the concept suggested.  You see, we need a secure fence built, and this photo suggests we are going to build a taller fence. This is not the case.  But it appears like we are horrible because a simple fence is not enough. 

Oh and including people to your dinner table is a wonderful idea.  You can do this often.  You can do this every single day.  But this does not change that our nation has the need to be secure. 


Patti said...

Wonderful post, thank you.

Humble wife said...

Patti.thank you!