Thursday, March 13, 2014

Compassion V. Coercion

The moral, ethical difference between Chariy and Altruism.
An elderly lady struggles with her walker to cross a busy city street.
Moving alongside her you explain you're crossing also and together you can both cross safely. She lets you guide her as the two of you continue across the thoroughfare.
Now consider another scenario:
A government bureaucrat first sees the elderly lady approach the crosswalk, points a gun at you and demands you help her cross. Later he calls a press conference and, in very self-aggrandizing terms, explains to reporters it was the "enlightened, progressive and civil" thing to do.
The first is an act of compassion.
The second is an act of coercion.
If you cannot grasp this simple concept, or don't want to, you are part of the problem. Such willful ignorance is the chief enemy of liberty!
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, maintained their neutrality."

1 comment:

texlahoma said...

That reminds me of people complaining about what their tax dollars were spent on.

If a guy robs you at gunpoint, should you complain about what he spent your money on or the fact that he took your money at gunpoint?