Sincerity is not a test of truth.
Here is what I believe:
Sincerity is not a test of truth. Sincerity is a test of magnitude of belief. Gandhi was sincere, but so was Stalin. JFK and Ronald Reagan? Sincere. But Hitler was sincere as well. We can believe fervently, with never-ending sincerity and STILL be dead wrong. Our leaders, on both sides of the aisle, are certainly sincere. Their life experiences have led them to their current belief systems.
Here’s what I’ve learned: Receiving handouts destroys our self-worth. Lack of self-worth impedes our ability to take action in our own best interest. And lack of taking action in our own best interest invariably leads to neediness. Yet life will not respond favorably to neediness, to victims. Life responds not to what a person needs, but rather what he has labored for, mentally, physically and emotionally.Bad breaks? Sure. Hiccups? Of course. But over the long run, those who have done the hard work and exerted the discipline will be rewarded. Those who expected something for nothing will lead a life of frustration. These are natural laws that you and I cannot alter!
Many of our leaders believe that we need to give people still more. Handouts in the short-term are an effective way to garner votes in the short-term and disaster in the long-term. If we want a nation of cripples then let’s just keep handing out crutches. Our future as a country will not be determined by the needs of our citizens nor by our expectations of the past. It will be determined by what we deserve through our level of discipline, our work ethic, and our willingness to accept the natural laws that regulate our existence.