Burden of responsibility
The welfare state is immoral. It takes at gun point from those who earn wealth and gives it to those who don’t. It evolved out of the rationalization of failed Christians.
Let me explain, Christianity is a tough religion to practice. The message of the religion is quite clear that Christians should take no thought of their material well-being and that they are, among other duties, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and comfort the sick.
That was all well and good as long as most Christians were poor anyway. Poor folks are used to helping one another and doing without. When Christianity became more popular among the rich, however, an immediate problem developed. There ought to be a way, the rich folks figured, to preserve wealth well on earth and also to get into heaven also.
We are now talking not about the religion itself but about human beings who claim to profess it. Human beings are good at rationalizing. It is when you decide what you want to do and then find excuses to put your conscience to sleep. One escape from the burden of disposing of their own wealth was to reduce the religion to ritual. Follow the ritual and you’re OK, never mind the bothersome substance.
Rationalization gave birth to the modern welfare state. That rationalization was to substitute a social conscience for a personal conscience.
I will not feed the poor out of my pantry, but I will be a loud advocate that the government should tax people and use their money to feed the poor. I won’t provide a home to a homeless person because who wants some smelly tramp in your living room. I will, however, loudly insist that government should provide homes for the homeless.
The man or woman with the social conscience sets out to accumulate a store of treasure on earth while strongly admonishing the government to do its Christian duty and heaping moral outrage on the heads of those who resist being plundered (stolen) to pay for someone else’s charity.
It’s a good deal if you can get away with it and our government does every day.
This system transfers individual duty to the state, this then evolves into support of socialism in its various forms, including Marist-Leninist communism. If the state bears the burden of caring, then the more it confiscates (steals), the more it can redistribute.
Professed Christians become the allies of professing atheists, bound together in the belief that the government with its power of the gun can create the ideal society in which hunger, cold, pain and misery have been eliminated – at no personal expense or inconvenience.
Without missing the truth by too wide a mark see this as a perpetual attempt of the individual to flee the terrible burden of responsibility.
We are to blame for our own lives. No one and nothing else. We are on the wrong road and history bears this out.