Most humans do not like to see another human in pain or suffering. We are empathetic that way. But many times the recipients of our concern are on the flip side of that paradox...sometimes people are psychopaths and sociopaths and just do not care and will prey on the "good will" of others.
Social Security was almost a great idea. However, when it was created, the average lifespan was different. If I am not mistaken (and I might be) the amount of time someone was projected to collect was about 8 to 10 years. There was a lot of empathy and sympathy rolled into that package. Back in the day, most husbands worked and the wives took care of the children and the home. If a husband were to die, his social security went to the wife...a very compassionate thing to do and I don't begrudge softening someone's loss. The problem though, is if the husband died in his say...late 40's or early 50's, the wife would draw his social security far longer than the projected 8-10 years the system was modeled on. A great and wonderful thing that we did to help people. But something has happened to "us"...as individuals...
The problems though are obvious. There is no "magic spell" to fix this system. I would never suggest that we completely lose our humanity and allow other humans to suffer. I might be a freedom and liberty loving Libertarian who wants the ability to live life to it's fullest...but I am not a heartless and callous prick. I want many things changed so that people are free to do their best, but I do not agree with throwing the weak and infirm under the bus so I can personally have a bigger house or an extra car...yeah....I am a paradox too. I believe in a lot of odd things I guess, maybe it's from years of reading philosophy and multiple religions. I DO believe that the selfish and aggressive parts of our nature will be our undoing. The transformation from a civilized, humane society to a society of the "self" is what it is and I have learned to accept that we will probably not evolve in the right direction anymore.
That's fine. Species have come and gone for millions of years. We probably won't last an incredibly long time here. There are very few species that prey on their own kind and most that do...do so for survival...we do it for selfishness and greed...has nothing to do with just food, shelter and clothing...the necessities of life.
The "7 deadly sins" are called "deadly" for a reason. Greed, gluttony, envy, lust, wrath (anger), vain pride and sloth. They dwell within all of us and we as a society and individuals either try to overcome them...or we choose to embrace them....it's pretty much that simple.
Edited by Jeremiah65, 15 November 2012 - 02:07 PM.