Thursday, January 26, 2017

Two Subjects For The Price Of None

Equality - We hear a lot about equality these days. That’s kind of sad, since there IS no such thing. Even the statement of old that “all men are created equal” is a lie. It’s a well-intentioned lie, but it’s still a lie. What the founding fathers, and most folks since, have been shooting for is to make all men (and women) equal in the eyes of the law. Even then, it’s only a goal, and an unachievable one at that. The poor will ALWAYS be at a disadvantage with the rich and/or powerful when they meet in court or when laws and regulations are interpreted. Even if appearance and social standing don’t influence legal decisions, a well-paid, slick-talking lawyer will nearly always win out over a less talented one used by poorer folks.

The term “equality” as used today, though, often has nothing to do with equality under the law, or even the equally unattainable goal of equal opportunity. Instead, it’s being used as a term to describe the equal OUTCOME of the efforts or NON-EFFORTS of individuals, a meaning more in keeping with “fairness” or “equity.” The problem is that what those terms mean in daily life is as relative as beauty; they’re all in the eye of the beholder. Thus the modern search for equality is nothing more than a class war. Those with less talent, less drive, less energy, less intelligence, less education or less wisdom feel that they are ENTITLED to live as well as those who HAVE one or more of those traits.

Except for some lying politicians, the only folks who are clamoring for equality are those who have less than the people over which they are obsessing. Jesus told us that the poor would be with us always, and He spoke the truth. The problem lies in so many of the poor complaining about their lot, instead of WORKING to improve it. An old saying that my Dad’s family often used was “Poor people have poor ways.” That can be interpreted two different ways, but both are true. I should know; I’m relatively poor myself these days.

Farmers – Looking through this year’s Old Farmer’s Almanac, I was reminded of a problem in this nation. The fact that we have 3.2 million farmers sounds good at first, until you learn that only 110,000 of them are under age 35, and that the median age of farmers is 58. When this country was founded, 90% of the population was made up of farmers; when I was a young man, the percentage was down to 3.5%; and now it’s down to less than 1%. Is it any wonder that food costs are rising? The farmers still can’t make a profit, but those who buy, sell and transport the stuff are doing fine. No wonder we see so much foreign food in the stores.

The question is, what will this nation do if the world economy tanks or we get into another world war? Goodness gracious, the snowflakes will starve (and MAYBE the rest of us as well). © 2017


Rozy Lass said...

I have to disagree with your statement that farmers still can't make a profit. I live in rural Iowa amongst the farmers. They're the ones driving brand new trucks and Corvettes, with in ground swimming pools, horses, ATV's and such. They are subsidized by the government and making huge profits. I suppose there are some small-time farmers out there that are having trouble making ends meet, but there are plenty making loads. I wish I had as much money as the farmers around here.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

One of the problems with equality in the socialist progressive world is that they can't bring the poor up in wealth so they try to bring everyone else down to the same low level. Well every one except the geniuses in charge of the scheme who deserve more since they are so vastly superior than the people who are all equally poor and stupid.
In a collapse situation of some kind a lot of people will go through extremes to survive and a percentage won't make it. I don't stock a lot of prepper food but have tried to learn how to raise sustainable food sources and keep a winter's supply. Winter is the big enemy, cold is a bad thing.

Ralph Goff said...

I've heard similar numbers for the average age of farmers being near 60. I don't see many younger folks wanting to get into the business. Unless they just take over from dad.

Gorges Smythe said...

RL, the farmers that I know don't GET any help from the government and they barely make it. Of course the farms are much smaller in this area than they probably are in your area. Most of them have outside jobs so they can afford to keep farming.

Yeah, SF, it's the old line about some animals being more equal than others. I can't afford to prep much; that's one reason that I'm trying to up my knowledge of wild foods.

I think we're headed for a rude wake-up someday, Ralph.