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Rationalize this.

By this logic we should all just move to communism, because anything you are able to do that is more than the least of us is owed to everyone else. Any advantage or largesse you have is artificially biased in your favor and as such you do not deserve it.

We currently have a highly discriminatory system where if you’re sick, if you’ve been sick or [if] you’re going to get sick, you cannot get health insurance.

The only way to end that discriminatory system is to bring everyone into the system and pay one fair price. That means that the genetic winners, the lottery winners who’ve been paying an artificially low price because of this discrimination now will have to pay more in return. – source here

Your extra hard work that you put into your business? That was from extra energy that was granted to you by your genetics. You are a good musician or engineer or soldier? That was your genetic jackpot, so give. Oh, so you sweated for years in school and worked hour after hour of unpaid OT because you are exempt from OT? Well, thank you for doing what your genetic potential allowed you the pleasure of doing, so hand me your wallet.

The magnitude of the antithesis of injustice here is astounding, and the rationale masquerades as compassion even as it oppresses. It does what it must, because it can.

I don’t know what I can say that trumps that in terms of stupidity so I will stop there.

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No, I won’t stop here.

I want to come up with a Mike Rowe worthy expression. He manages to say things that are powerful but immediately sensible and respectful.

That is a gift.

A letter to Mike Rowe…

Mike,
I’m not sure where I heard that you are an Eagle Scout, which brings me to my question. Could you PLEASE take a moment & post to my 13 year old son Kelby & encourage him to finish scouting (& anything else that’ll help with this?) Reason I’m asking is that he only lacks 1 1/2 – 2 years in reaching Eagle, but some of his buddies have got him to thinking scouting isn’t cool at his age.
Thanks much, Gary

(The article says): Indeed Mike is infact an Eagle Scout, and he had a great response to the request addressed to Kelby, here is the first part:

Your Dad asked me to drop you a line and say something inspirational that might persuade you to dig down deep and find the determination to make the rank of Eagle Scout. It’s a reasonable request, from a father who obviously wants to see his son succeed. But here’s the thing – The Eagle Award is not really meant for people who need to be dragged across the finish line. It’s meant for a select few, and I have no idea if you have the guts to see it through.

There is a mode of thought there. The first inclination is to give the kid encouragement. But really, why note exceptionality if you have to make someone be exceptional? Self drive is the behavior to model, and the right call is to insist that people be exceptional on their own merits, not because they had a cheerleader. Everyone needs encouragement, but a leader, someone who can BE exceptional should be able to see it through when they get that close.

Here is another one.

The guy in New York that defended a blind man in his restaurant against a vile predatory woman

Your first response is “good for him!” Right? Well, it should be.

What is your second response? “What is the world coming to?” Yes, that is good, too.

Third, you would be right to say “this is a teaching moment”.

Ok, but what you should really be saying is “Rather than be outraged, we should be shocked. We should be explicitly saying to ourselves repeatedly as a society that we will not tolerate dishonest and predatory stuff like this. We should be all over people from an early age for being animals.”

As a society there should have been ten people willing to pull her aside and call BS on her.

I am not advocating vigilante behavior. I am saying that peer pressure can and should be used for good, and we should be focusing on that rather than shaking our heads and “Hnnuhh, it’s a shame.”

So what is the name of the new school of thought that smells things like they are, that sees through to the real heart of the issue at hand? It has to be wise, respectful, and worthy of being called rational. It has to stand for no-holds-barred judgement, requiring no apology because it is self evident.

It has to respectfully say “you don’t show evidence of having grit” or “you have truly earned recognition” or “you need to get off your butt and contribute” or “thank you for your amazing commitment.”

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Ok, have a graphic.

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