Differences in Viewpoint

One of my favorite readers (not an American) made a comment that contained the following paragraph:

No-one owns the land. We may have pieces of paper that give us the man-made legal right to live on it, we may pass that paper down to our children but, in the end, we do not own the land. The land belongs to the planet and the planet belongs to everyone.

There is a vast gulf between that viewpoint and the one I was raised with. I was raised to take responsibility for my actions and to look after the rights of others.

If the planet belongs to everyone, then no one owns anything. The Soviet Union and every other effort at diminishing personal ownership and responsibility has show the results of collectivism to be uniformly unfortunate for all concerned.

If you want current examples of this, look at the abysmal record of Federal housing. Nobody cares if they have no stake in the results.

The big difference between failing economies and successful economies is individual ownership and the pride that comes with that.

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0 Responses to Differences in Viewpoint

  1. Mouse says:

    Indeed, the writer is not American, she is a 55 year old British mother of two, educated in the sciences and arts and currently working in internet security as a malware analyst (and so responsible for protecting millions of computer users)

    With all respect to you I have to take mild offence at the implication that I, believing as I do that I do not own the land upon which my houses are built and that I am merely a custodian of said corner of the planet, do not take therefore responsibility for my actions or look after the rights of others. Far, far from it.

    I have raised two young people to be considerate, caring and selfless individuals.

    I have sponsored several children in India, Africa and South America.

    I have paid regular monthly donations to Greenpeace, WWF, Amnesty International and UNICEF for decades

    I have given freely to disaster and relief funds for the last thirty-five years since I became a wage-earner

    I am a volunteer carer for an elderly lady (I help her to prepare for bed, tuck her in and wish her sweet dreams)

    And I live a modest, eco-friendly, sustainable, and very responsible lifestyle

    But you misunderstand me when I say “the planet belongs to everyone”, I am speaking from an ethical, moral viewpoint rather than in political terms

    a belief that is, I believe, not too far removed from that of the Native Americans

    ‘The big difference between failing economies and successful economies is individual ownership and the pride that comes with that’ – tell me David, how successful are the American (and other capitalist) societies in the 2000’s?

    What has been the cost of such ‘success’?

    Yours. with respect…

  2. Peter says:

    good for the mouse and shame on you, sir, for being so damned rude to a perfectly lovely lady!

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