09. 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).

Whilst these things may no longer effectively exist
in the 21st century, any semblance to them
must be appreciated and embraced:

the alternative is Anarchy: the rampaging evil
of the Vicious, and the Violent, and the Cruel –
against those who are Timid, and Peaceful,
and Compassionate.

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

rage against government;
rage against bankers;
rage against anyone who is 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”.

It seems, somehow, to grotesquely be imagined
as being a “Christian” virtue.

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

The Bible that 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 flat Defiance of 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.

Yet, a tyrannical government is still to be preferred
to complete anarchy: The evil of malignant 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: to do good and moral works
whenever occasion arises; and to live quietly in the land
as much as is possible.

Yet, whilst no act is to be done selfishly
or with a view to personal revenge, that abused 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.

For a biblical Christian, 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.

Forgiving a personal insult is one thing;

licencing a vicious predator to prey on society
is quite another.

So-called ‘Peace’ never comes at the expense of truth,
moral righteousness, or punitive justice.

Nor does it come from malicious thoughts
and spiteful criticism against the government of the land.

Vicious savages, sadistic thugs who find their ‘manhood’
in harassing and brutalising the weak and the defenceless;
conscienceless, apathetic, and lazy narcissists
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 place the instigator under control.

I am a peace-loving man, and would have no part
of violence in any form. And yet, I realise 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 again: even a bad government
is to be preferred above anarchy.

Men – in every walk of life – may engage in treachery,
greed, 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
these 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, it seems, evidently believe that they may buy
without consequence: that credit is a serpent
sting, if not handled with discretion and maturity.

People who have so willingly given themselves over
to spend in 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 either payment,
or the full 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 (in three years)
who died from the complications of old age.
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 – of people to dispense malignant rage;

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

Or 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 –

rather than fixate upon those things

with which I may not agree.

P Livingstone

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