Friday, March 08, 2013

Shouldn't Have To

I was driving along a few weeks ago and passed a billboard advocating for expanded Medicaid. It showed the purported parents of a sick child and featured the ad copy: "They shouldn't have to worry."

Says who? Where is it written that life should feature no worry? Is that even possible? And if, in fact, it is possible to design a life without worry, is it based on expanded Medicaid?

Both religious and atheist people say the reason behind having religion in your life is to alleviate worry. Believers say, "It brings me peace of mind to know God exists and will take care of me." Atheists say, "You believe the lie because it brings you peace of mind to think God exists and will take care of you." The atheistic outlook is necessarily one of worry; it says, "Life is meaningless and I will stare into the void instead of shutting my eyes to its existence." It's a bit like a Hemingway code hero who watches The Daily Show.

But the thing they eventually find out is that such a life isn't worth living. (Hemingway himself found that out in 1961.) So we need something to dispel the void, but if can't be God. Hmmm, what to do, what to do?

At this point authoritarianism stands up, straightens its tie, and says, "It's my time to shine."

So we need a larger government to alleviate worry. It has to have the ability to provide everything that might be a source of worry, and it has to have the authority to keep you from foolishly going without its beneficences. It must remove all choice, because choice sometimes brings worry. It must enslave us all.

Even then, is worry defeated? Do the subjects of totalitarianism look especially worry-free? Complete subjection brings quite a bit of its own kind of worry, I should think. So the state makes a promise it can't possibly deliver when it swears that larger government dispels worry.

God offers a way to remove worry while preserving freedom. The state offers a way to remove freedom while preserving worry. I agree that people "shouldn't have to worry," but that's only possible through God, not through expanded Medicaid.

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