to the editor from this week's Chronicle
No. 357 - 2/27/22
Frankly folks, it seems an impossible task! To briefly identify qualities that are needed to build environments where all can live in peace, and have access to things that make life pleasant and are needed for day to day living. In other words, what are the characteristics required of countries or even communities that attract visitors or people who live there?
In past articles, we have asserted that the answer can be found in the history of our own United States. That it involves people who were committed to living a life based on the teachings of the historical God Man Jesus Christ, with a moral code of conduct based on the Ten Commandments and the Greatest Commandment of all; "Love God and neighbor as oneself." This philosophy recognizes that all are created by a loving God, and that all are brothers of equal value and rights. That each of us are expected to use talents given to care for ourselves, our families, and the less fortunate in our communities. And that in the end, all will be judged and awarded or not by the lives they have lived.
But increasingly, this system is being challenged by the claim that all is not right, that some races are guilty of suppressing others, that life is not fair, and that all should share equally in the good things of life, guaranteed by a ruling class dedicated to see to this equal sharing.
To provide some possible insight into this question, we submit here an essay written back in the mid 1980's under the title LET FREEDOM RING. The heart of the essay follows:
"We propose here to study the cause and effect relationships vital to the preservation of freedom and prosperity in America. It stands to reason that the success our nation has had somehow relates to the character of those citizens, we call our 'forefathers.' Information is not easy to come by. But we can be fairly sure of some things. First, they were a very hard working people. They had to be. Starvation was the alternative, and no powerful government stood ready with disaster funds if they failed. So, these early folks had a solid commitment to work, coupled with the realization that there was a direct relationship between effort expended and results obtained. Of course, there were parasites, then as now, who live solely by efforts of others. But in general this was not true in those days. The social and political structures of the time joined hands with with economic necessity, requiring hard work for everything.
"A second characteristic one sees in studying early Americans was their generosity and spirit of sacrifice. Not to say that they were naturally more generous or willing to sacrifice than we are. But the times demanded it. The very environment in those old days demanded it. And history records the results. They were builders, working to hack out a new world and a better future for their posterity. But in the meantime, things have changed very drastically. Instead of being put down in a hostile environment, demanding the very best of its people, we have been born into abundance not of our own making! Instead of being forced to produce to survive, we are born into everything, and thus might be tempted to live off it, with no regard for the future. Such an environment threatens to destroy the very character of America and the freedoms we cherish.
"Now it ought to be relatively simple to see how a hard working group like our founders were successful in putting this nation on its feet! In creating the wealth that is the envy of all? Is that not much like filling a jar with your favorite beverage. More at first must be put into that jar than taken out! More must always be put in than taken out! And does it not seem obvious that we have been born with a full jar? And are we not today fast draining that jar? Does not our near $30 trillion national debt suggest nothing really left of our national wealth? Is our jar not empty?