Respect crucial to creating a better society
‘‘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’’.