There is an old adage about the road to hell being paved with good intentions. However, with the Social Justice Warriors and others who seem more obsessed with emotions and intentions than results, this old adage seems to have been forgotten. While it may seem callous and rude at first glance, there is very good and sound reasoning behind the adage, even for the atheist or others who do not necessarily believe in any god, gods or God.
To clarify this a bit, take a look at a rather simplified example and stop to think about the actual consequences of the actions, despite what may have been intended in the beginning. In this example, there will be a scenario, a “typical” emotional reaction, an intention, a physical reaction and the reality of the consequences from the actions.
Scenario: A very caring, politically correct, socially aware person sees another person who, for whatever reason, is having difficulties getting across the road.
Emotional Reaction: The initial reaction for most people is going to be a personal, emotional reaction. It may be one of pity, perhaps of concern or any number of combinations of emotions.
Intention: The intention of the person is to render assistance through whatever means may be possible. In this case, that would mean assisting the person experiencing the difficulties to cross the street.
Physical Reaction: The physical reaction is to assist the individual needing help in accomplishing their task of getting across the street … but bam! Along comes the bus that neither of these people saw, hit them, ran them over, backed up over them to see what they hit and what is the end result?
The Reality: The reality is that the observer had a very real, very normal emotional reaction to a problem, difficulty or challenge someone else was facing and had an emotional desire to offer some sort of assistance. Their intentions were never anything other than pure and good-natured and meant only to help the person in need … but the reality is, that no matter what their emotional response was, no matter how good their intentions were, they both ended up dead because the physical reaction was not properly thought out, planned or implemented.
While this is a gross over-simplification and exaggerated example, it should serve to illustrate the hazards associated with poorly thought out and implemented solutions to problems facing society and the human race as a whole these days. No matter how normal the emotional response to the stimuli may be, no matter how well-intentioned the physical reaction may be, if at the end of the day, more problems are created than solved, something has to change.
If at the end of the day, no new problems are created, but none of the underlying issues are resolved, something still has to change. Now let us take a look at the same type of scenario with the same principles involved and see what happens when such things occur on a societal level.
Scenario: One class of individuals faces undue challenges … for any number of reasons. (You can insert your favorite victim class and cause of victim status and insert it here) Let's say for example that you have an unusually large number of homeless, impoverished and/or otherwise financially and socially challenged individuals in a certain segment of society.
Emotional Reaction: The emotional desire to assist such people is again, a very normal and healthy reaction to the suffering of others.
Intention: The intention is all … well-intentioned … for lack of a better term and seeks only to provide for these poor, unfortunate people in such a way as they are not wholly depressed economically and socially by their position in life.
Physical Reaction: The initial response … or at least the one that was suggested and implemented on a societal level was to create a social welfare system … a means to provide social assistance to a large number of people in the same class of society. After all, these people do not need jobs right? They just need the basic necessities of life provided for in order to ensure that they have an equal opportunity … right?
The Reality: Since most of “these people” have already segregated themselves from society to a great degree, entire swathes of communities are relegated to being “over there” or on “the wrong side of town” or the old “on the wrong side of the tracks” and there is a social stigma attached to just living there. Whether these people are looking for jobs, trying to find decent schools or doing virtually anything else to improve their lot in life, the indicators evidenced by their physical address automatically call their character and integrity into question, often making it impossible to make advances even for those that want to.
As if this personal stigmatization was not enough, any such efforts to improve themselves also results in financial penalties through lost benefits. At the end of the day, no matter what the intentions or emotions behind the actions were, they have created a dependency class that will be held enslaved, indebted to the government for whatever meager crumbs it can squeeze out of the elected officials, never being considered for placement at the table to gather more for themselves, much less for their families.
The reality of the results are the creation of families that suffer impoverished conditions from one generation to the next and who will, inevitably lose any hope that may remain.
If I do not miss the proverbial mark by too much, most people who are reading this will automatically believe that I am referring to some of the crises facing the African American communities in the inner cities, though in reality I am not. I am referencing, from my own personal experience, the situation faced by numerous families throughout the Appalachian mountains in what are, by all measures, the poorest part of the United States.
The real tragedy is that the story would fit equally well in either scenario … though while one receives a great deal of attention throughout the press and even within the hallowed ivory towers of academia, the other is largely ignored … because there is no political expediency or gain to be had in the revelations of such a nature to the good, caring, social justice warriors. In short, because one scenario can be used for the creation of social instability and unrest, it is constantly used to decry the injustice of a truly free system.
If there is any lesson whatsoever to be learned here, it is that the entire system has failed and is hurting everyone that it is supposed to help, not just a single class or race or creed … in short, government programs have tragically failed and even oppressed the very people these programs were … ostensibly at least … meant to help.
The mere fact that nearly half of the population of the world is living in abject poverty without any real hope of ever getting out should be ample evidence that the systems in place are broken, do not work and in fact, exacerbate the very problems they claim to be able to solve.
An entirely new system needs to be built and to be put into action … but with all of the consequences … intended and unintended, factored into the equation and in such a way (adaptive) that it can be adjusted to meet the needs of those people who need the assistance the most, not used as a means to oppress them for mere political gain or expediency. That is the very heart of the work that I am doing and … I believe it fair to say, the reasoning behind the work that we as a group are pursuing.