Liberating Paralysis

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There are more than 6 billion people in this world and they each have their own will. Suffice it to say, I imagine that could make this globe a confusing heap of quagmires.

This is never so obvious as it is here in the U.S. There are 300 million souls who have ideas about everything and we are free to think them and voice them. And boy do we ever. We’re so fragmented and sprawling that it’s amazing we can agree on anything. When there’s a problem, we all have diverging opinions about how to solve it. People abuse welfare. This is obvious. When a woman who wins the lottery still gets food stamps, it’s time to do something.

But what do we do? Cut welfare to everyone after three years? Do we track welfare recipient finances like the IRS and cut them off after they start hauling in a six-digit salary? Should we have hired investigators to follow welfare queens and make sure they’re living a life in squalor? Do we get rid of welfare all together?

No. No. Maybe. Sounds Good. We’ll see.

We all have ideas and theories but few answers.

Crazy as it sounds, freedom can be paralyzing when it comes to reform. If we all think how we want and refuse to organize with each other, how does anything get done? How do we fix banking regulations and prevent meltdowns if some of us think we should create more regulation and some tout eliminating all regulation? Immigration? Same thing. Some want to open the border. Some want to arrest every illegal. Some want to build an electric fence akin to the Berlin Wall.

Increasingly, it seems that we are less willing to compromise these days. Stubbornness, that’s a dog that won’t hunt.

The only way things can change is through unity. We can’t wait until an issue is beyond repair before we realize that coming together was the path to a solution. It’s only when the stock market plunges and credit freezes that we figure out that we should have been paying attention when things were good.

We have different ideas. There’s nothing wrong with bringing them together. Compromise is a necessity for creating any union of ideas. To organize we have to be willing to shift from our long-held opinions.

At least that’s what I think.

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