Re­spect cru­cial to cre­at­ing a bet­ter so­ci­ety

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

‘‘The best laid schemes o’ mice and men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promised joy.’’ R Burns 1785

Michael Sav­age was a kindly man hop­ing to bet­ter ev­ery­one’s lot with his ‘‘from cra­dle to the grave’’ so­cial se­cu­rity. Later Labour politi­cians took great pride in the ‘‘equal­ity for women’’ pro­grammes. These were ‘‘well­laid plans’’ by men of great com­pas­sion and in­tegrity but, as events have played out, these plans went ‘‘aft agley’’.

With house­holds now bring­ing in two in­comes, prices of homes and home mak­ing ma­te­ri­als sim­ply rose to gather in the ex­tra cash. And so to­day the con­sci­en­tious house­wife has no choice but to work to bring in the money needed to run the fam­ily home.

This means she must ei­ther de­fer child-bear­ing or send any chil­dren out to day care and thus lose the most pre­cious years of a child’s life. So much for ‘‘women’s free­dom of choice’’!

At the same time, women, whom we can only de­scribe as ir­re­spon­si­ble and self-in­dul­gent, hap­pily have many chil­dren, live on the fam­ily and child ben­e­fit so they can in­dulge their par­ty­ing and drink­ing life-style. This leads to mis­ery and com­plete de­pen­dence of all on a govern­ment com­mit­ted to spend­ing tax­payer money to sus­tain these dys­func­tional groups.

Many now do not bother to ex­ert them­selves to pro­vide for them­selves or their fam­i­lies, re­ly­ing on the state to do this.

The re­sults of these faulty poli­cies is ev­i­dent ev­ery­where in New Zealand so­ci­ety to­day.

A tremen­dous rise in vi­o­lent crime, of fam­ily vi­o­lence and break-ups, child abuse and prop­erty dam­age and loss. How many schools were burned by van­dals in 1950?

It is fairly ob­vi­ous that state con­trol and pro­vi­sion for all is not the an­swer for a sat­is­fac­tory hu­man ex­is­tence.

The his­tory of the Soviet Union is ad­di­tional proof of this.

Con­versely un­bri­dled ‘‘pri­vate en­ter­prise’’ as ev­i­denced in some of to­day’s huge in­ter­na­tional con­glom­er­ates, seems to work for the ben­e­fit of a few power and money hun­gry in­di­vid­u­als, and their def­er­en­tial hang­ers on. Any plan to im­prove con­di­tions seems doomed be­cause, it seems, of mankind’s in­built self­ish­ness. But there are still com­mu­ni­ties where the good, even the beau­ti­ful, side of man’s na­ture has flour­ished. What is the se­cret?

Well, it is not a se­cret and has been known for around 2000 years. It is sim­ple, ‘‘Re­spect the author­ity that is greater than any man. Re­spect your­self and use the tal­ents given you. Re­spect all oth­ers in­clud­ing their fam­i­lies, pos­ses­sions, and feel­ings.’’

These sim­ple rules would pro­duce a so­ci­ety which would not ‘‘go aft agley’’.

John Mills

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