There is a concept that underlies all the theories that the left promulgates. It is that the individual is impotent, meaningless and essentially an expendable statistic. We can see that clearly in the movement behind unionization – but it runs throughout all the currents of the polluted waters that they flush through their philosophy.
There is some truth to the general principle that there is “safety in numbers.” There are also exceptions to that rule. Lemmings offer a good example. As do the six million Jews who live in Israel, surrounded by three hundred million Muslims. That isn’t working out so well for the mullahs – their best efforts to annihilate the Jewish state notwithstanding.
Recently I commented on a piece regarding “global warming/climate change” that appeared in The Huffington Post. My response was very simple. I offered the opinion that I didn’t know whether “climate change” was a reality or a fabrication, but I agreed that mankind does make an impact on our environment – the most obvious being in the form of litter and pollution. I went on to explain that if one accepted that and disliked either litter on our streets or in our air, he or she should take whatever steps possible to reduce or eliminate taking actions which would result in those conditions. Personally, I think that is a pretty non-controversial statement. I went on to offer a simple list of ten things which each of us could do now to work to reduce both litter and pollution – until we wait for science to discover the “ultimate solution.”
Although several people checked the “Like” button, the only written response I received was from someone who apparently had a different world view. He excoriated my naiveté, thinking that “one person could make a difference.” Of course, he failed to recognize that I do realize that if only one person out of six billion does something positive, that will indeed be meaningless. His statement was, of course, an expression of his belief that only through the power of government “enlightenment” would we be able to ameliorate “climate change.” But he overlooked something far more fundamental which I pointed out in my response.
I answered his comment, “Thank you for your thoughtful response. In fact I do appreciate that one person alone cannot change the world. However, I also believe that one person may inspire another and those two might inspire several more. But irrespective of whether or not that good example causes others to do the same is irrelevant. Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.”
I received no response to my reply.
Part and parcel of this man’s mindset (and many who think as he does) is an avoidance of taking personal responsibility. It is part of the “victim mentality” syndrome. People who hold this philosophy believe that only through the imposition of government rules and regulations can we achieve an orderly society. And in their absence, they inadvertently feel justified in avoiding taking personal action which, if we all followed a good example, might obviate the need for those government rules and regulations in the first place.
It does seem as though one ordinary person acting alone cannot do much to set the world on a better course. But if there is no one willing to try, then we must give ourselves up to the hope that somehow fate will benignly accommodate our inherent deficiencies. And if that is the case, history would suggest that she has been singularly absent from the world stage and the course of human events.