Sunday, October 12, 2008

That old Devil Complacency

Now, I realized that -- before I even started typing -- this isn't going to be one of those posts that is popular. Nobody's going to be telling me how nice we looked in recent photos or how cute my unborn children will be...none of that nice, gushy stuff...but whatever. It is what it is. :-)

Turns out, Amy is asleep, and I couldn't fall asleep, and I've been awake just thinking about the present state of things going on in the world...basically, the human condition.

It started as I was thinking about Proposition 8 and that whole mess in wonder how that is even a question. I mean, we need to define marriage? Really?! You know, I didn't think 28 was that old, but gee whiz, I don't even have kids yet myself; I'm not even finished with school myself, and yet, when I was a kid in the '80s and early '90s, such a predicament in our legislature wasn't even a whisper of a thought...and now look where we're at. elementary education must really be stone age -- that is, if those who would vote no to Prop8 are right.

But that's not even where I was going with all of this...I wanted to talk about complacency.

I think complacency's older brother is prosperity, or at least comfortable prosperity. Of course, prosperity is intrinsically good, in and of itself. We all want it, and God has told us that He wants to bless us with it. But when we prosper, we as a human race, tend to forget Who it was who gave us what we have, and we take those blessings for granted.

In particular, I'm thinking about our current economical status in the U.S.A., but you can see the complacency everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Even in my field of study (conservation biology), I see how prevalent it is...we're losing clean water, clean air, healthy soils, many species of plants and animals at a pace 100 - 1000 times faster than the usual extinction rate -- including some very key species to our own survival (like bees and other pollinators of our farmlands, for example). Basically, we're chewing up many of the earth's resources before they have time to recover.

I wonder how this nation will react or respond if things get much worse, economically. In a way, I would almost welcome hard times...I see how people in this nation seem to expect prosperity. They expect to get x, y, and z every day of the week. It's when we start expecting things, be it "free" health care, a job, happiness, you fill in the blank...that we start to play with some dangerous slippery slopes of society (say that five times fast! :-) Ha!).

A favorite quote of mine is from Aldo Leopold. He said that "there are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace." Boy, was he right!

On the other hand, I fear that the present climate of this nation isn't spiritually prepared for devastating economic troubles.

All of this expecting this and that from the "government" can be heard everywhere. And that's just it! People say that "the government should provide free health care". I'd like to ask those people just who (or what) they think the "government" is...well, I can tell you. It's YOU! We live in the freest nation in the world, but we're losing our freedoms because people somehow think that the "government" is some sort of detached all-powerful entity (almost like a parent) that feeds us and clothes us -- and does everything else for us -- when we whine loud enough.

And by thinking that way, the people, in essence, hand over the deed, the keys to their home -- and every other power that is theirs -- over to the "government". In a nutshell, the master (i.e. the people) ALLOWS the servant (i.e. those whom WE have elected to serve US and to make and uphold OUR laws) to waltz in, take over our property, and take command, and we then become like the dependent baby who has to whine to get what used to be his.

And when a nation begins to expect "free" health care and other services, socialism starts looking really enticing to many of those people, and too often, the people hastily choose to do what appears as easy, as opposed to what is right. If I hire someone to manage certain affairs for me, I'm not asking him to take charge and responsibility for my life, but this is EXACTLY what people do who think the government is something more than what it was originally "hired" to do.

In conclusion of writing this, my main hope is that we strive to live in a way that doesn't shirk our stewardship or forfeit our freedom and responsibility to mere hired servants...every person's own conscience is his or her own best conscience.

'Nough said for one late night...


Angela said...

Not bad for a late night vent.

Melissa said...

I can't agreee with you more about everything you said!

In reference to your comments about the environment and extinction of plants/animals, I just finished an Environmental Conservation class and realized how wasteful humans in general are. It is really scary and it has made me more environmentally conscious. I wish that more people would take the time to ecuate the general public about little things we can do to help or change the future of our environment so we will have a sustainable future. More than anything, I realized after the class how ignorant I am to a lot of things that I can do to help.

In reference to the government and people wanting mommy or daddy to fix everything, you are completely right. You can't expect something for nothing. It is not the government's fault that you don't have a job or health care coverage. I have never had anyone holding my hand and guess what? I have had adequate health care coverage all of my life. Because is it important to me. I make it a necessity in every job that i have gotten to make sure that it is a benefit that is offered. Oh and that too - I have had a job since I was legally old enough to work. There are plenty of people older than me (30) who have never worked a day in their life and expect the government to do all kinds of things for them. Partly it is the government's fault for letting people BECOME dependant on them, that they will let them not work but still have money coming in with a roof over their heads and food on their table. We see this every day, people taking advantage of a system that is meant to help those who REALLY need it. Instead it has made a mockery of the entire system.

I don't know what has happened in this world that will make it possible for my son to one day ask me why one of their classmates has two daddy's or two mommy's. But the time has come and that is something real that we will inevitably face one day. It scares me that it has become a legal issue of equal rights for something that was not intended by God to be holy matrimony. Anything but. That is of course my opinion.

This is officially the longest response to a blog post that I have ever written. Thanks for an intellectually stimulating post. :-)

Love you guys.