Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Government, Society, et al

Thomas Paine once said, "Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."

I don't agree. Government is nothing more than a reflection of our society, which in turn is nothing more than a reflection of ourselves.  

When, we get to the point of throwing off despotism and usurpers, what we are really doing is rejecting what we have become as a people, usually for seeing that we have become corrupt, and thus attempt to recreate ourselves, aiming to fix what ails us as a society.

It is funny how when things go bad, people have a tendency to avoid admitting culpability and thrust blame on the most convenient of scapegoats.

This corruption that people point to in government is the very same corruption found in society.  We can only judge such things in their entirety. You cannot judge society solely on what is good about it, and contrast government solely on what is bad about it. That's just another attempt to avoid culpability for the state of things.

Culpability is a good word, a word used not nearly enough.   In future posts I hope to expand on the issue of culpability.

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