“Making life worse for ‘them’ will make life better for ‘you’ (James O’Brien).”
This seems to be the way that countries are being run. Making life worse for the poor, for those on benefit, for single parents will make life better for the rest of us, as will making things more difficult for refugees and foreigners (U.K.). I can think of other versions for other places… “Making health care access difficult for the poor….”
Vilifying “them” is an easy option when you lack any positive policies and history shows it causes untold suffering to an extent that can only be properly described as a manifestation of evil. After many have suffered, the truth usually comes out that it is the emperor himself who never had any clothes in the first place. It takes only the wisdom of a child usually to see through things and make the correct call as to the way things really are for the spell to be broken that blinds more adult reasoning.
I love these words of C.S. Lewis:
“Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
That’s really interesting …