Here is a good reminder about prejudice and about how sometimes measures meant to give immediate help end up hurting people in the long run:
Janson blurted out, “It’s hard to be sympathetic with a bunch of lazy tramps.”
It was Alfred’s turn to be angry. His hands clenched the arms of his chair tightly as he answered, “Oh, yes, I forgot, the Indians are lazy and the whites are industrious, so industrious that they are filling up penitentiaries and poor houses everywhere! There are lazy people in every community, Thomas. And I wonder if, under the same conditions as created at the agency, whites would not behave the same as our Indian brethren. A man tends not to value what he is given freely. I believe that the intention of our agency system was intended as a benevolent one, but in giving the Indians everything they need to live, we have removed the one thing that motivates manliness and character — the pride of accomplishment, the knowledge that one is supporting one’s family and doing well. That is why we expect our children to work and why we expect the parents of our students to contribute in some way to support the school.”
~Stephanie Grace Whitson, Soaring Eagle (Thomas Nelson, 1996), page 145
“The Hidden Costs of Doing Business Outside of Your Philosophical Neighborhood” by Harvey Bluedorn via Trivium Pursuit:
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
We are commanded, whenever we have an appropriate occasion, to work what is good toward all kinds of men – rich and poor, acquaintances and strangers, friends and enemies – yet we are to show preference to those who live in our “household of faith” – those who join with us in holding close to the Christian religion and who therefore inhabit our philosophical neighborhood. Fellow servants of the Lord must come first.
Why? Because family is our first responsibility, and the only family which can take precedence over the natural family is the spiritual family. (Matthew 10:37) If we were to prefer the world above our own family, then we would promote the world over our family, and we would strengthen the world against our family. Likewise, when we prefer the world above the saints, then we promote the world over the saints, and we strengthen the world against the saints.
Read more: http://www.triviumpursuit.com/articles/the_hidden_costs_of_doing.php
We are constantly being bombarded with the message that there are too many people on this planet and that all people, especially women, need to stop having babies and start focusing more on things like having successful careers. Yet, this message keeps bumping up against the unpleasant facts of reality. Here are some of those facts as I have found them in my recent travels around the Net:
FACT #1: The current structure of Western welfare societies makes it impossible for those societies to survive with shrinking populations without facing major economic hardships and repercussions:
FACT #2: Shrinking demographics are also contributing to economic woes in other parts of the world like Asia:
FACT #3: Government attempts to get people to have more children are not working because people have changed their views on marriage and family and simply do not want to have more children:
FACT #4: Religion is correlated to economic growth. Protestantism in particular fosters economic prosperity.
Regarding different religions and their level of conduciveness to growth, he said that they are not equally conducive. He pointed out the work of Max Weber, whose seminal work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, argued that the lifestyle which arose from Protestantism played a decisive role in the creation of modern prosperity. For Weber, and Berger agrees, the Calvinistic lifestyle of worldly asceticism became a source of growth and capital accumulation.
FACT #5: Despite decades of attempts at social engineering to push mothers out of the home and into the workforce, many men and women are discovering that having mothers stay at home to raise their children is actually an ideal situation:
FACT #6: Yet despite Fact #5, there is still much prejudice against stay-at-home mothers.
FACT #7: Religion is correlated to fertility. Certain beliefs and religions tend to foster a greater regard for having children than others.
FACT #8: Many “facts” we have been told about having and raising children are actually false.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon [a primarily spiritual battle against biblical Christianity acted out on earth through political and judicial decisions, employment conditions, social and cultural hostility towards biblical Christians, etc.].
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great [earthquake = prophetic language for a drastic change or upheaval in the social, political, religious, and/or economic order].
And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell:…[quite possibly a global economic collapse]
[For more information on this interpretation of Revelation, please listen to this sermon series by Pastor W.J. Mencarow.]
As America continues its slide into third world status, more and more families are living in motels or cars. Watch this clip from 60 Minutes on the “Hard Times Generation”: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7389750n&tag=contentMain;contentAux