Yin and Yang
In every person's life there is a brief time of stories. Regaled by tales of fantasy by our parents, setting our imagination alight and oft lulling us to sleep. These are formative years, and these stories have purpose. At the end of the story one is asked, what is the moral of this story do you think, or at times it is explicitly stated.
This cultural habit has many purposes. The primary one is to teach children morals. That which a society accepts as right and wrong. Good and Evil. Yin and Yang. The way one is supposed to act in a certain circumstance. It also teaches our children to distill lessons from vast sets of information and incorporate that distilled wisdom, and then using those principles to guide their actions.
In our stories the main persona, signifying ourselves, is either rewarded or punished by his actions. Our stories are created to teach morals, and so when one is rewarded it is done because a good action was performed, and when one is punished it is because a bad action was performed.
Of course, every culture has different stories. As we circle the globe the stories and morals taught to our young is dependent on the culture, but there is, thankfully, the overall theme of that which is good and that which is evil.
We developed this skill at a young age and then simply expand our worlds from which to draw our lessons. In our younger years our parents form the basis from which we draw our morals. Thereafter we begin to be shaped by broader society, prominent individuals, institutions we are taught to respect, and even men long departed from this earth.
Today I must ask, looking at our society, what are the lessons to be learned? What actions are being rewarded, what actions are good?What is rewarded? What is punished? What is the moral? What is incentivized? What type of people and society are we creating?
Social grants for unemployment – You will be rewarded if you do not work.
Social grants for children – You will be rewarded if you procreate.
Tax – You will be punished for production. The more you produce the more you will be punished. Implied moral – working is bad.
Nationalization (of land/mines/business) - Your production does not belong to you. It can be taken on a whim by someone with the power of force. Implied moral – saving and production is pointless.
Corruption (going unpunished) – Theft is rewarded. Lying is rewarded.
Crime (going unpunished) – Crime pays.
Inflation policy (sanctioned theft) – Saving money is punished.
These are not the only stories. The world is full of them, I only share some to broaden your vision.
What is the moral of this story?
Stop wondering why our world is going to ruin. Stop asking why. You are the reason. This is your story, your morality, your choice.
“We have met the enemy and he is us.” - Walt Kelly
We are each of us responsible. Shrugging your shoulders and saying there is nothing you can do about it is a lie we tell ourselves. For every small action or inaction you take there is a consequence. What has resulted is mostly from inaction.
"The world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil but because of those who look on and do nothing -- Albert Einstein
What we can do to fix it, is start by questioning ourselves. Think on what you see as right and good in the world. Look upon the world and act in support of good and in opposition of evil, in your own small way.
Changing the world starts with changing yourself.
"Be the change you want to see in this world" -- Gandhi
The opposite course of action remains open to you. You can continue to do nothing. Know this though, you cannot absolve yourself of blame by saying you didn't do it. You cannot wash your hands. Through inaction we allow evil to take root and thrive.
You can no longer claim innocence.
Make the choice you can live with.