Sunday, February 15, 2009

Luckily, You Have Me

One of my innumerable great frustrations is that my advice to others is not enforceable by law. (At least, not yet.)

When I approach others and tell them what is good for them, they will sometimes listen to me -- but they will also (to their detriment) not follow my advice.

For example:

- When I see two people pass each other on the street, I will frequently demand that the richer one (in my infallible estimation) give a large sum of money to the poorer person. (And to do it in good faith.)

- When I see a healthy person near a physically challenged person, I will tell the healthy person to express compassion by willingly pouring acid in their own eyes, or breaking some their own toes, or perhaps igniting themselves on fire.

In fact, whenever I see someone not doing something that I myself would do, I must correct it. Why? Because I know more than they do, and clearly have the academic credentials to prove it.

It is therefore mathematically indisputable that the adoption of my demands works to the betterment of society. And from that, the only ironclad conclusion is that my word must be enforced by law; i.e., the people and their army.

Regrettably, this is not the case.

Except in my classroom. Don't expect to pass economics class if you haven't shown concern about our environment by ingesting the decayed juice at the bottom of the dumpster.

And except in Congress. Finally, the rule of experts is The Law.


Anonymous said...

One of my innumerable great frustrations is that my advice to others is not enforceable by law.

I've heard more than one conservative commentator say that Law is for the enforcement of morality. I can't help but cringe when I hear that. They never seem to understand that this is exactly how the Left sees it too. And the Taliban. And Hezbolla. And Islam. They don't seem to understand that if the purpose of Law is for the enforcement of morality then questions of Law boil down to whose beliefs should society be based on? And individual Rights then get lost in the confusion and enforcement.

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Jatin Sethi said...

happy anniversary di and jiju
happy anniversary wishes to uncle and aunty in hindi

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