A Balanced Consideration of “Government”

“The Government” has given me (at date of this writing) an additional twelve years
with my father, whose life would have ended – were it not for
the government health system which pays for his highly expensive medication.

I shall never stop being grateful to them, for that
Priceless contribution to … My … life.

Within the borders of every country throughout the world,
evil is to be contained by the magistrate, or government.

Judicial Wisdom is the effective application of Severity (to confront evil);
Compassion (to prevent legal tyranny);
and Justice (for the victim, and against the wilful offender).

One cannot have had even the slightest familiarity with the Internet
over the past three years, and have failed to notice
the rage that is evidently fashionable amongst multitudes:

rage against government;
rage against bankers;
rage against anyone who is quiet, peaceful, or moral.

Rage.

There no longer appears to be a capacity in human beings
to exercise moral common sense – Either to discern
right from wrong; or to act with moderation.

The modern mind seems capable only of thinking in terms of extremes.
Moderation, evidently, is a thing of the past.

There has been, since the 1990′s, a stupefied mind-set of passivity
with regard to the affairs of this world.

Time and time again, television broadcasts are made wherein the parents
or family of a murder victim are heard to say of the vicious, smirking savage
that raped, tortured, or murdered their daughter … “We forgive him”.

And however strongly such deluded souls make the claim,
this has nothing whatsoever to do with ‘biblical’ forgiveness
(which concerns personal injury – and NOT vicious crimes
against the peace of society as a whole.)

The biblical account, which these individuals claim to follow,
makes it irrefutably clear that with God, there is … NO … forgiveness
without genuine repentance.

Passivity that is devoid of discernment and moral application
most certainly stands in Defiance of Any biblical instruction.
In matters of personal offense – yes, I am to walk away …
to “turn the other cheek”.

This directive for my PERSONAL behaviour
in NO way applies to the rulers –
the “magistrates” – who are charged
with keeping JUDICIAL peace and equity in the land.

No one possessing a moral conscience will knowingly
permit a rapist, paedophile, or wilful vandal to roam freely
in their neighbourhood.

Blind and sweeping passivity is nothing but grievously displaced, mindless emotion
contradicting, as it does, the biblical directive to rulers
to remove evil from society.

There is a decided distinction, however, between serving government …
and serving tyranny. Revenge and tyranny will never be countenanced
by any man, woman, or child – possessing maturity and a moral conscience.

Yet, a tyrannical government is still to be preferred to
complete anarchy: The evil of private individuals must be controlled
by some form of ‘law and order’.

The sober-minded adult has no part in revolution against a government
that maintains law and order to some degree for, most assuredly,
it is the fear of ‘the law’ alone, that prevents conscienceless savages in modern society

from inflicting sadism and murder upon the quiet, and weak,
and the peaceable in the land.

What is the directive of the mature citizen, in such a case?
It is to live passively and, out of respect unto God: to do good and moral works
when occasion arises; to live quietly in the land as much as is possible.

Whilst no act is to be done selfishly or with a view to personal revenge,
that biblical text, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good”
[ Romans 12.21 ] in no wise maintains
that evil is to be allowed to run freely upon the earth.

The forceful stance against evil is to be carried out by either
the providence of God in his over-ruling hand in the affairs of this world;
or by the government that is permitted by God, to be in power.

So-called ‘Peace’ never comes at the expense of truth,
moral righteousness, or punitive justice. Nor does it come from malicious thoughts
against the government of the land.

Vicious savages and sadistic thugs – who find their ‘manhood’
in preying upon the weak and the defenceless – exist in every age and every country:
as equally in the lowest citizen as the highest politician.

When despotic tyrants and regimes – throughout the world –
overstep their bounds on earth, others who are equally as vicious,
take it upon themselves to wage war and put the instigator under control.

I am a peace-loving man, and would have no part of violence in any form.

And yet, I re4alise that there are multitudes in every level of society,
who vent malicious thoughts upon leaders whose policies
run contrary to their own.

Such a thing should not be: for even a bad government
is to be preferred above anarchy.

Men – in every walk of life – may engage in treachery and brutality:
yet I am determined to never stoop to their level.

There is much good to be found in government; and it is – surely –
monstrous hypocrisy to take the good, and spew sentiments of revolt in return.

In my own life, I have been deeply grateful to the government in Canada,
where my parents have resided for the past thirty years.

Twelve years ago, my Dad suffered a massive heart attack
and several subsequent strokes, and we relocated
for fear that he had very little time left to live.

It is only through the benevolence of the government
– whose health care system provides the medication
(I could never have imagined one single pill costing £55/€70/$100)
that is essential to his well-being –
that I have had those last twelve years to spend with him.

Caring, helpful nurses, physicians, and surgeons have tended to my Dad,
whose medical care in the form of regular hospital visits –
as well as expenses for medication – are funded by …
“The Government” in Canada, where he lives.

Were it not for … The Government … my Dad would have been dead
this past twelve years; and neither I, nor my brother,
would have had the time to spend with him, which we now still enjoy.

I cannot imagine a life ruled by self-indulgence: where one is always Wanting –

Wanting a big screen TV,
Wanting another car,
Wanting the next iToy.

Always discontented. Always wanting more.

People who have so willingly given themselves over to wilful
and fervent stupidity, have no reason to complain
when they have squandered bank-loans … on hedonism,
toys, trifles, and vanity,

and find that the bank now demands payment, or the return of its loan.

We live contentedly in a little farm-house because The Bank
has given us a mortgage to enjoy that which we cannot afford.

On the 31st of October, 2014 our beloved dog, Ben,
died despite a blood transfusion which, it was hoped,
would save his life.

It did not.

He was one of our three dogs who died from the complications of old age.
And our only source of consolation lies in the fact
that we were able to pay for emergency medical care
for each of them,

because our Bank provided us with a VISA Card, in the belief
that we would use it wisely.

IF people will not stop living in a dream-world of their own vanity
and greed, they must not complain if – eventually,

they are obliged to wake up.

I would not want a life that is motivated by greed
and lust for power to dominate others.

I find it disturbing to observe, on the Internet, the readiness
– that seems primarily to centre in comments from Canada and America –
to pour malignant rage;

the readiness that people have to hurl personal degradation upon people
– for no other reason, than that they hold a different sentiment,
or philosophy, in life.

And the indignation that people hurl when a bank – or a government –
expects them to behave with restraint and self control
in the ordinary course of daily life.

For me, it is always preferable to strive with diligence:
to recognise and appreciate the Good in government policy –
and not strictly those things

with which I may not agree.

P Livingstone

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