WELFARE

The fact that it was necessary to create a ‘welfare state’ – or, ‘state welfare’ – is a sure sign that something was amiss in our society.

As a child, without knowing quite how to express myself, I would have wondered to myself, “Why doesn’t everyone who needs to be taken care of, be taken care of?”

More so, why does this need to be imposed by the state? Why don’t we just do it ourselves, instinctively?

Childish naivety, perhaps, to think like this. But when you reflect upon it, why doesn’t everyone who needs to be taken care of, be taken care of?

And, more to the point, why do they believe that they can’t take care of themselves? Because it sure ain’t true.

Very simply, why can’t we help people to help themselves? And, if they really are helpless, and can’t help themselves, why are we so miserly and sanctimonious about offering our help?

After all, when we offer people real help, we are the main beneficiaries.

Why is this so hard to grasp?

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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