A Balanced Consideration of Government

“The Government” has given me (at date of this writing)
an additional fourteen 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.

One cannot have even the slightest familiarity
with the Internet and fail to notice the arrogance
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.

“Christian” … ?

Such a notion has nothing whatsoever
to do with ‘biblical’ forgiveness (which concerns
personal insult or injury – and NOT 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.

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
emotion without discernment,
contradicting the biblical directive to rulers
to remove evil from society.

The evil of malignant individuals MUST
be controlled by some form of ‘law and order’.

No sober-minded adult has any part in revolution
against a government that maintains law and order
to some degree because, most assuredly,

it is the fear of ‘the law’ alone, that prevents
conscienceless savages in modern society
from openly murdering the quiet,
and weak, and the peaceable in the land.

A government may destroy God, family, morality,
proper education and even gender,
in the land in which it rules;

it may enact bureaucratic, infantilising laws
yet, none of these things excuse me
from living peaceably within the land.

‘Peace’ never comes at the expense of truth,
moral righteousness, or punitive justice.
Neither 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;
exist in every age, and every country:
as equally in the lowest citizen as the highest politician.

As do apathetic, and lazy narcissists
who are bereft of righteous, moral indignation.

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 then spew sentiments of revolt
in return.

Fourteen years ago, my Father 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 Solely 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 14 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 died in 2004,
and neither I, nor my brother,
would have had the time to spend with him,
which we now still enjoy.

As I can be grateful to government,
I can also be grateful to ‘Bankers’ …

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 greedy.
Always wanting more.

People, it seems, evidently believe that they may
buy without consequence.

People who have so willingly given themselves over
to spend money with 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 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 age.

Our only source of consolation lies in the fact
that we were able to pay for emergency medical care
for each of them – precisely because
our bank provided us with a VISA Card,
in the belief that we would use it wisely.

IF greedy people will not stop living in a dream-world
and spending on credit to gratify vanity and greed,
they must not complain if – eventually,
they are obliged (by the bank) to … wake up.

I would not want a life that is motivated by
an incessant desire to gratify Conceit and Greed
and complain at every opportunity.

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
philiplivingstone.org

Author: Mr Livingstone

A gentle man who simply wishes to live quietly and die peacefully ... despite being surrounded by a world that has neither manners nor morals.

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