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To: Rurudyne

No...they’re never properly happy! They do not understand true happiness, which is why they’re commies...not liberals! Why they do not know happiness is left to the imagination, but I suspect self-absorption is at the top of the list!


17 posted on 08/01/2018 10:17:42 AM PDT by gr8eman (Since God has been banished from our classrooms, Satan has filled the void.)
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To: gr8eman

I meant happiness as they can know it.

As I expressed yesterday in this thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3675526/posts

... the Left has produced a large number of people who are in their attitudes essentially Pointlanders in the 3D world. Asyou note, they’re little balls of ego.

Time and again I’ve pointed out how producing such persons is in fact among the great harms that government welfare causes.

Unlike with actual charity -— where people give others gifts from out of their own means and at their own discretion, where the understandable temptation for those receiving the gifts is to be thankful -— when people are generous with their votes, with other people’s means taken from them by force, should we expect gratitude from those who are fed the message that others taking care of them is their due, even an entitlement simply because they are here? Or is it entirely reasonable since they are entitled that they should feel someone is holding out on them, that they are being cheated?

Where true charity tends to produce only good in the lives of those who take care of their neighbors and those who receive the care, ennobling both, government welfare tends to produce only bad.

On the one hand everyone is forced to basically give at the office, they can resent it, resign themselves to it or pat themselves on the back that they’ve done good with their votes ... but NONE of them are actually looking after the needs of their neighbors themselves with those resources. Moreover the means by which they might open their hands to others are eroded accordingly even if they don’t become resentful.

On the other hand, as I’ve already indicated, those receiving the benefits are effectively denied the opportunity to practice gratitude even if they can resist resentment that they are being held out on. This helps to breed what I call ungrateful pukes, people who imagine themselves to be utterly entitled. Everything that holds them back easily becomes someone else’s doing.

Both the “giver” and “receiver” are cheated of opportunities to engage with each other ... welfare is then a bit like a condom that seeks to deny life while someone gets serviced: government welfare is the professionals “doing good” with money that isn’t their own to benefit people they were hired to service (no matter how they, those paying the tab, or those getting the help may feel). They’re the proverbial raincoat on what isn’t really charity but is made out to be even better than charity.


32 posted on 08/01/2018 10:50:24 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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