I`m interested in another topic that seems to be growing, lately. It`s the idea of "fairness," as the term`s being bandied about in the media, as well as in life around me.
What it comes down to is that some people think it isn`t fair that
other people can make a huge amount of money. If someone does make a
lot of money, then "by rights," they should give some of it away. It
should be given to the poor, the homeless, the sick, the dumb, or just
about anyone. The single thing they can`t do with that money is keep it
or spend it for themselves.
That`s just plain ridiculous!
In politics, if you tell the general public that you`re going to get
them money from the rich people, you stand a good chance of being
elected. It`s because those people somehow believe they have a right to
demand money from the rich. The big tax cuts people are yelling
about---tax cuts for the rich---that`s another demand. "Gimme your
money! You gots too much, doode...and I wan` it!"
What about in business? More and more lawsuits are obviously absurd,
even on the surface, because the defendant is some big corporation. The
plaintiff had to really search and come up with a wide stretch of the
imagination to link the defendant with the original problem.
For instance, someone buys a TV from a guy down the block, and it
doesn`t work. They know they can`t sue the guy down the block, so they
bring a suit against the TV manufacturer, claiming their product was
unsafe, caused harm, and whatever else they can dream up.
What`s the deal with this envy thing? Where did it come from to such a
wide extent? If you`re poor, so what? That`s your problem...not someone
else`s problem! Other people can help, if they choose to help. But
simply being poor, sick, or otherwise not happy doesn`t give anyone the
right to *demand* that they have a better life, right?
What about when small businesses get sued because "everyone knows that business people are rich!"