I don’t have a lot of time to write today because we are doing a lot of homeschool activities that need my undivided attention today, but I wanted to throw up a thought.
This morning, my two-and-a-half-year-old son came into to the room I was in and announced with absolute glee that he had done something by himself. He was waiting for me to do it, but I was in the middle of something, so he tried it and accomplished it without my help.
It got me thinking about a comment Haik, owner of the now defunct BurlingtonPol.com, said on the right to healthcare thread. I went to quote it, but I see that he has erased all his comments on that thread. Luckily, I have all comments e-mailed to me by Blogger, so I was still able to get the direct quote.
He said, “At our core humans are social animals. We need each other to do just about everything. Alone in the woods, none of us could build a computer or phone or a pair of shoes. The whole point of civilization is that we work together. That is why socialism is a much more natural philosophy that ‘conservatism.’”
First, I must point out, as I did in the comments, that there is a difference between what people should do and what the government should make us do. Conservatism does not say that we should not work together. It says that the government should not force us to do anything that violates our rights (as long as we are not violating anyone else’s rights).
Now back to my son. I do not deny the fact that we are social creatures. That is a fact, but what socialism seems to overlook is another human trait, which is our natural desire to do things for ourselves, our desire for independence. The pursuit of that feeling of accomplishment when we are able to provide for ourselves and do not need to rely on others to provide for us. If you could have seen the look on his face when he realized that he does not need to wait for mommy to do everything for him and that he is capable of doing things for himself, you would understand where I am coming from when I say that reliance on the government to provide us with our basic needs is not a philosophy that is in tune with human nature.