While searching for some info on the Forgotten Man written originally by William Graham Sumner in an essay in 1893, I believe, I came across this commentary by a blogger named “lithobolos”. He put forward what I believe is the misunderstanding that separates the progressive from reality. I’d like to take a moment to address this fallacy in the thinking of the left.
Here is the article: http://www.pancakelanding.com/newsopinion/glenn-beck-is-a-modern-day-william-graham-sumner/
Here is the excerpt I want to address.
- “Someone of the same mold as Glenn Beck would surely claim that in the place of government, “Faith, Hope, and Charity” would take care of the rest. This point of view may work in an imaginary original condition where everyone has equal access to resources, but it doesn’t make much sense in today’s modern context of globalism and market capitalism.
- Nevertheless, this view is still popular, and sadly, it may even be experiencing an uptick in recent months. The simple truth is that this view is an apathetic and non-compassionate point of view that has its root in the idea that bad things happen to those who deserve it. From that root sentiment comes the egotistical ideas that “I never will and never have needed help” and that “to help someone justifies the vice that put them there.”
The Wisdom of Man is not the Wisdom of God
If an individual does not feel compassion for his fellow man enough to help them in their time of need, then that individual is without charity, the gift of God given to those who desire to do the work of God on earth. This is our purpose in life.
Progressives don’t understand that it is our opportunity in life to come here to earth and see if we will do all the things that Heavenly Father wants us to do. All the opportunities that we come upon to help those around us, are just that-opportunities given by the man upstairs to see if we will respond to his spiritual promptings to be of aid to our neighbors. And if we do respond positively, then we become more like our Lord. If we do not, then we are fail the test of life.
All the collectivist ideologies are based on the idea that man cannot, will not, of his own account, aid in the succor of his fellow man. I don’t believe that. I believe we can, to the extent that our lives are being lived in order to please God. Sadly many on earth do not have that mindset. So what is my problem with the collectivist philosophy of equality of resources for all? It is the wisdom of man.
Granted, it is a noble venture to try and ease the suffering of your fellow man and many progressives have made it their lifelong pursuit. Do I want them to quit their philanthropic work? No!!! But-in their zeal they have forgotten that the world was laid out as a place of tutoring to see if we could make good choices. Through those correct choices, we become better sons and daughters of Heavenly Father. Our progress is thwarted for many if governments take away our opportunity to choose to be charitable by forcing the world to be charitable. I hate to tell you but the plan of the collectivist is the plan of Satan. Now don’t go jump on the post hoc train to nowhere and close your mind to the possibility that this info may be of value to you. I am not saying that progressives are like Satan; However, the tenets of his plan are similar to those of the progressives.
Satan’s plan was to come to earth and make sure all of us did what we were supposed to do. With his management, we all would return to God. Christ’s plan was that we would come and make choices and grow through the choices and some would not return because of their choices. God knew that Christ’s plan would work and that Satan’s would not work; Satan’s plan would not allow for our growth and progress. Thus Christ’s plan was chosen and here we are.
The Red Herring
The article also has this excerpt:
“They believe that this selection is normal and justified and to do anything that would help the unfit in turn hurts the fit and prevents the advancement of society”.
That is not what the right, the conservatives, the Christians believe. That is the distraction. If they can paint the conservatives as hate-mongers who care not for their neighbors, they have won the battle. They cannot subvert the reality that we are to take care of our neighbors by simply asking us if we want to join them in their crusade. They have to get the majority to buy into the idea that forcing all of us to help everyone is right because we won’t help if not forced.
Thus this idea that The rich are just worried about themselves and conservatives hate the poor is the distraction. The poor sadly eat it up. They want to point to some outside force to blame. When really there is no one to blame. This is life and this is what you have been dealt by a God who thinks that this place on the timeline of the world is where you ought to be to best enable you-to make the decisions necessary-to build the character needed-to be worthy to stand in front of the Creator and hear him say, Well done thou good and faithful servant, Thou hast been faithful over a few things, now I will make thee ruler over many( that’s a paraphrase).
The Higher Law is This:
Some will suffer at the hands of their neighbors lack of charity.
Those who turn a blind eye to his neighbor will suffer the consequences of the eternal penalty for missing a chance to help.
The sufferer who is not helped will-when and if they have the chance-more than likely-help his neighbor because he empathizes with his neighbors plight.
Why do you think we have a veil that covers the presence of God from us? We cannot have an overseer monitoring our daily giving, or we might not give from the heart and therefore would, “have our reward”, as the Bible says. Therefore the founding fathers wisely put in the founding documents that government should “promote the general welfare”, not insure the general welfare.
So, when you hear the well meaning providing the solution to a problem by enforcing law on the populace, you can bet that they are not following the eternal truth of Moral agency-the right to choose our path and reap the benefits or the consequences-whatever eternal justice demands. They must be defeated at the ballot box by the Forgotten Man described by Sumner written so long ago in his currently pertinent essay of truth.