Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:20 PM
Alright. On a serious note, I was havign this conversation the other night regarding why our society seems to be in a degenerative freefall. I'll try to be as concise as I can through my post.
It is my belief that our society is in the state it is in due to how we perceive responsibility. It seems in all aspects of our society, we are always externalizing any negative action/thoughts/etc... It is always someone or something elses fault for everything. People do not, as a whole, take responsibility for themselves. Whenever a situation arises that we find distasteful, we always need a scapegoat, someone to blame.
To me, this is by far the worst portion of the welfare state. It robs people of the moral fortitude to accept responsibility, do some soul searching and try to make positive changes. We're always eager to blame. I think (and this is not directed at anyone or everyone) that this starts in the home and child raising. For instance, I watch children run roughshod over parents all the time. When a child wants something, they know how to get it. They will nag and nag and nag and nag until the parent caves in. That's how things like violent video games get into the home for a child who should not have them. When i was a kid, this behavior would never fly. If I nagged my mother or father for something, I'd get my ass beat. Hard. Now, i'm not advocating that hitting a child is the answer. I feared my father, I did not respect him. But the fact is, the state is making it impossible for a parent to properly do their job without govt. interference. So they give up. The crazies are running the asylum.
This is where it all starts to go wrong in my view. We want to believe we are a moral giant around the world, spreading democracy via violence etc...and at home, we externalize all wrong and take credit for anything that is in good standing. It's the same in the banking industry for example. They like to socialize the losses while privatizinng the profits. It's a moral hazard of the highest order. It's an instant gratification thing, while dodging any potential downfalls associated with such decisions.
I'll post more on this later and see if I can nail down how I see a solution...or if there is one.