Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Merits of Doing Well

Hello Friends;

  It's cold and windy out today... I think I'll stay in and write.

Recently I read just a bit about "The Society of St.Vincent DePaul".  Like any organization, I would bet it has a share of less than dedicated volunteers mixed in with those who are real in their mission, and I would bet that some aspects of reality strike at their mission to feed and clothe and house the poor.... but with all that said, I like the premise.  I like the idea of sanctifying oneself through service.  Not sure it is for me, but the concept is simply beautiful.

 I would like to imagine that such are the people that, in deference to some of you who don't believe, if there is a God, that He looks down in pride and love.  I imagine Him saying "My Good and Faithful Servent, Well Done".  I want to believe that He makes the way for resources and what have you to be made available.  It's a good life in a hard job, I bet. Perhaps, as the old saying goes, one can live one's life helping his fellow man and come to the end of life to find that there was no god waiting for him with arms wide open.  But, in such a case, that person lived a life filled with love, caring for his neighbor.  It's a good life, I think.

  I was thinking about some of the things I am seeing recently in politics.  And, of course, this is why politics and religion should not meet.  They just don't play on the same field.  But, over and over again, we hear from the conservative right that we are giving too much in food voucher (snap), too much in unemployment insurance, too much in health care.   At the same time, we seem to step on ourselves trying to give ever more breaks to those who don't need the help - wealthy corporations, tax breaks for wealthy individuals, buying off other countries' politicians, etc.  You see, what bothers me is that these same conservatives will thump their chests proclaiming themselves of such and such religion, decrying the actions others take as blasphemous and horrible by the basis of that religion, and yet routinely acting in direct opposition to the very dictates of the man/God for which their own religion is named.

I think I now understand, acknowledging a belief in God is a necessity of Government because it maintains the understanding and humility that the government is not the ultimate, pinnacle, acme, end-all/be-all of life.  There exists something greater.

  But, to be a good leader, it is necessary to do what is best for the country, making the horrible decisions to put one need above another.  Sometimes that does mean putting limits on money spent to help the poor, the sick, the homeless... It's simple economics:  in my home if I don't allocate enough money to the heating bill it gets really cold in the winter.  If I give all my money to the heating and walk about in here like it's the tropics, I can't eat..... well, so goes government.  They have a job to do with the money allocated and sometimes cuts in food allocations or such are required in order to do a good over-all job.
Scary thought, eh?

Now, then comes this question:  Are our leaders in fact doing what is best for the country?


Anonymous said...

Well said, Randy, and all of it very true. I am convinced that there are exactly ZERO politicians who are in office for any reason other than self-aggrandizement. Gimme, gimme, gimme. More power, more exposure, more face time on TV. They're NOT in the for the country at all. The jobs simply translate to more money in their pockets, and that is surely what drives them. And yet, us sheeple, who bitch and complain about the lot of them, continue to re-elect them, and cronies just like them! So who's to blame?

Peace <3

randy said...

Hi Jay;
You are exactly right. A while back, I read a short blurb about how in ... Australia???... there is the option of "none of the above". Another I read where there were 1st choice and second choice for the vote... so if your first choice didn't make it, then your vote would count towards your second choice.
Perhaps that's what we need.
But, also... the media is so focused on short answers to complex issues, an intelligent response can't be made. Mistakes and changing of minds can't be made.
Our system is broken.... and those who can fix it like it the way it is.

Anonymous said...

Hallo Randy,
We in Germany have two votes in the election.
The first vote for your candidate of your constituency.
The second vote for your party.
But we have many parties who face the choice.
Therefore, the parties must attain at least 5% of the votes in the election to be elected to parliament.
The result is usually a coalition of 2 or even 3 parties must be made ​​to achieve a majority government.
Currently in Germany coalition negotiations taking place between the two largest parties.
If these fail, it is a government with a 2/3 majority. This can amend the constitution and all rights overrule the opposition continued.
Thus, each option has its advantages and disadvantages.
Gruß Nikki

Scottie said...

Hello Randy. I read this when you posted it, but said nothing, I keep going back and rereading it. I have wanted to say something, but did not want to seem self serving. but here it goes.

No matter what influence you have to do good works, doing them is reward enough. If it is your religion that gives you the drive to help others, I applaud your religion. If it is something inside you that makes you want to do your best to help others, I applaud you. I drive my self to the limits of my ability to help people at the hospital. Yes I get paid to do it, but no one says I have to work as hard as I do or do as much as I can. Others tell me to slow down, back away from, let others do it. But I do it because something inside me gets a huge wonderful feeling when I help the PT's and their families. I don't do it for a reward, or to please a deity, but if there are deities and they are pleased I would sure take the pats on the back and the good jobs son. I can understand the wanting to hear at the end of your life " I am well pleased" . However if there is no one there to say that to me as I slip into the next adventure, I will be happy knowing I simply did the best I could for others. I will know two things, I helped, and hopefully I made a difference.

Hugs brother. Scottie