When I was a teenager, I liked to watch the television series Dallas. Why? The women were hot, first of all. But second of all, I really liked watching J.R. Ewing get away with all he did! I didn’t admire him–I just envied him. Here I was a teenager who was perhaps a bit too conscientious–while this J.R. was a total sociopath (having no conscience whatsoever)! And being a total sociopath, J.R. was able to have alot more fun than I could ever have! It wasn’t worth his soul though–which he had obviously sold out from the very beginning of the series.
Perhaps the most unscrupulous thing I remember him doing was running for some political office–unscrupulous not necessarily for his campaigning, but for his campaign slogan. His slogan was: GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT.
Take a look at that slogan, if you will–and point out the word that is incorrect. Not grammatically incorrect, not politically incorrect–but ethically incorrect.
The ethically incorrect word in that slogan is want, isn’t it? Shouldn’t want be replaced with need? I believe it should.
GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY NEED.
Often, perhaps usually, what we need is not what what we want–and what we want is not what we need. In fact, sometimes what we want is the worst thing we could have.
Who are our political leaders to give us what we need? Who are they to decide what we need? Shouldn’t they just give us what we want? After all, it’s not our leaders’ place to question what we want, is it? And it’s certainly not our leaders’ place to decide what we need, is it? They are not our parents–and they’re certainly not our Creator.
Yet our leaders, here in the United States, as elsewhere in the world, are so much like J.R. Ewing, in that they almost never give us what we need–and almost always give us what we want, without once considering the inevitable consequences. And the consequences are grave, aren’t they?
I was going to list some things here that our leaders have given us that we may have wanted but definitely did not need–things that do us so much more harm than good (the cell towers that enable the use of cell phones and other mobile devices being at the very top of the list). But frankly, I’m tired of writing on this topic. Perhaps you can think of some things like this.