It ain't a new problem, folks. Even the Romans realized that left to their own devices, people would generally vote themselves bread and circuses. People complain to my that my idealism is impractical. I see the world that could be, and am disappointed in the world that is. My libertarian stance depends on people being more self-sufficient than they really are. Well, as it turns out, so does democracy. So does capitalism. So does communism, for that matter.
For a long time, I've agreed with my grandmother that the Bible can be distilled down into (as Bill and Ted put it) "Be excellent to each other." Now I've realized there's more to it than that. The other message is more subtle, but evidence that (unsurprisingly) God knows exactly what He's talking about. The idea is for us to tilt at those windmills, and actually do those hard things that really improve life for everybody.
Don't buy Datsuns. Don't buy Microsoft. Don't eat veal. Get involved. Support the ACLU. Campaign for gay rights, even if you aren't gay.
And remember the wise but oft-ignored words of Ecclesiastes: I returned, and saw under the sun, the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, no yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."
In other words, life ain't fair, enjoy the bounty provided us, and try to make things better.
In other news, I'm going to spare those who don't wanna read my whining, self-involved blatherings and theorizing and very frank talk about unconventional interpersonal relationships and create a filter for such postings. Let me know if you care to be exposed to this sort of thing. NB: I may well also get lame and never post any such thing, so don't worry too much that you might miss out.