Count Your Blessings
To the editor: How would you like to live in a country that is rich with diamonds, gold and other metals? A country that once was a major exporter of bananas, pineapples, coffee, peanuts and palm oil? So why is it that your income is only $1,083 per year?
Could it be that your country lacks the roads and institutions, the infrastructure, to support its economic development? Could it be that the money required for development somehow disappeared into the pockets of corrupt politicians? Could it be that your citizens could not overcome being ruled by a single president for 25 years? A president who was able to change your country’s constitution to extend his time in office whenever it suited him?
Is your plight like all Third World countries, rich in resources but short on governance? Will Guinea ever be able to throw off the yoke of corruption and offer its citizens the prosperity they work so hard for?
Thank God for the United States of America; no matter your political leanings or your particular circumstances, please take the time to recognize where you live and how much better off you are than citizens of a Third World country.
Al Mercer, Brevard
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.