Our value as individuals is not tied to economic performance. I asked my friends 7 year old daughter the other day, “If you were hanging off a cliff and you were holding a dog in one hand, and a person in the other who would you let go of in order to pull the other one up?”. With no surprise, she replied, “I’d let the dog go and pull the person up”. I replied back, “Exactly. Why?” She said, “Because people are more important than animals”. A person is more valuable than an animal, but a rich person is not more valuable than a poor person. Person A is as valuable as Person B. Trusting the scripture reference is not problematic for most: Job 34:19 Yet He is not partial to princes, Nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they are all the work of His hands. Finally: Lev 19:15 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty.
The point to the above is simple. Government does not have to tax rich person A and give to poor person B to confer equality or value to poor person B. Poor person B has a value that is already fixed and set as high. Therefore no government planning of forced redistribution will ever accurately bestow a message of value to an individual. If my value is a 100% high and fixed, then no government can add to my value. It is logically impossible.
Since the motives of killing private ownership in favor of government controlling MOP/D is to confer/bestow value on all individuals equally and since governments cannot confer/bestow value, the entire (self-contradicting) motivation behind socialism undermines our pre-declared value.
In undermining our value as people (inadvertently, of course…because socialists intend to value others), we see the consequences unfold. With this abdication of choice, control and responsibility is a clear message of destiny and future. In the name of ‘equality’ and ‘everybody makes the same’ I ask, on what authority does the government seek to compromise my dreams and destiny with some bastardized* concept of valuing individuals?
Valuing individuals is not giving everyone the same via controlling MOP/D. We express value as individuals by allowing people to relate and by encouraging the best in us; by building with us, creating with us and growing with us (thorough tears and joy). Where we fall short to do this, family, Churches and Charity step in. Where they fail, sure, a ‘safety net’ can be there for the protection of individuals with food and shelter. Valuing individuals comes through respecting free choice within a free market (pending we do not break laws) and allowing people to function and relate to each other without government suppressing our choice. Free choice within a free market is a powerful driving force behind the beauty of creating. If “creating” is a car, then free choice within the free market are the roads. Socialism is then the collapsed bridge.
By definition, government ‘leveling the playing field’ by controlling MOP/D kills incentive, literally. With incentive now in the grave next to ‘responsibility’ and ‘destiny’ it’s clear creativity and innovation take a beating. Our dreams, authority, control and choice all get yanked in to the fight. Government controlling MOP/D is done in the name of ‘valuing everyone equally’, whereby it produces the opposite results. It devalues people through a bastardized concept of value. If you butcher the terms “value” and “equality”, then base an economic philosophy on the said dysfunctional words, chaos ensues, both morally and economically. Suppression of our human spirit comes by way forced draconian control over the MOP/D. Killing free choice within a free market undermines how we were created to function: we were created to create, strive and overcome. Killing profit and rewards for our excellent performance squashes incentive and therefore creativity. Also lost is the powerful lessons taught by failure, heartbreak and loss. Enabling the individual to control MOP/D (for profit or bankruptcy) is a key element in acknowledging how we were made as humans by empowering us to choose. With our value already fixed and high and our observable proclivity to release our gifting’s I submit we were made with the power to create. Please government, let the individual control the MOP/D and we will do just that: choose to create.
The government confers nothing on me in terms of value. Therefore, I do not need, require or want a government led economic system engaged in debasing my dreams, aspirations and hard work. If the government desires to express value, here’s how they can do so:
1. Understand every person’s value is fixed and high: stop tampering with what is already established.
2. Empower me to value my family and others by getting out of my way. Immoral taxes/debt/laws hamper my ability to give for reasons given in this entry.
3. Empower me to create by giving me free choice and extending that to the marketplace.
*to lower in condition or worth; debase: hybrid works that neither preserve nor bastardize existing art forms.