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Confucius And Class Warfare


I have never been a class warfare kind of person. Honestly, the whole script of envy left me when I was very young, thanks to parents who taught me how much of a waste of time and emotion that was. Not to mention the Biblical lessons on coveting. I’m grateful for those lessons. Not to say I don’t admire this person or that person or what they may have acquired in possessions, but I don’t spend my life dwelling on them.

Somehow, in America, the land of the free, our nation has created policies based on the politics of envy. What do you think “social justice” is? Or “social equity?” Or “economic diversity?” — That’s the one where the government planners put low-income subsidized housing in the middle of more affluent areas of town by force of regulations. Notice the use of language in the policies. Justice? Equity? Diversity, as if diversity is a goal of economics?

So let’s say I am a politician and I want to appeal to a mass of lower-income voters. What would entice them to vote for me? Oh, that’s right! I can appeal to their base instincts of envy. But I won’t use the word “stealing.” I’ll use the word “fairness.” Yeah, that’s the ticket! I’ll call this “justice.” People can’t argue with “justice,” now can they? I’ll call it “social justice” or “economic justice,” and off we go to the races!!

Which recalls this bit of random wisdom: “Psychopaths don’t advertise in the paper that they are looking for fellow psychopaths, they advertise by offering to ‘improve’ you and by seeking out ‘special people’. The deeper you get in, the bigger the promises get.”

Someone recently shared an email with me that was from a 35-year-old principal of a middle school here in North Carolina. The email was a plea for money. Was it for student materials? Was it for classroom enhancements? Was she pleading for meals for the poor students? No. She was asking for money so she could take a trip to Costa Rica with other administrators and teachers. The excuse? Because “Globalization is a key component of our instruction…” and “so the teachers can teach our stakeholders about others, and the way they live, learn, and work together.” She means “students,” but she calls them “stakeholders.”

My, oh my, the jargon of Agenda 21 has become so entrenched into a school principal’s language; it’s justifying her summer trip. Oh, and by the way, she also plans to take a “zip line” tour of the rain forest while she is there. She is asking others for $2500 to fund her trip.  Hmmm….just imagine the benefits to those little “stakeholders” when she returns from Costa Rica.  I can’t think of any, but I’m sure she’ll try to think of some … promising to improve some others lives by having you fund her summer trip.

I’m also sure she will get lots of gold stars from the upper echelon school bureaucrats for promoting globalism in her school. Whoop Whoop!!  (I’ve been reminded  that this trip will also result in a business tax write off for the principal in question here, easily deducted from next year’s income.  So others pay and she writes it off. I’m betting this must have something to do with “economic justice,” somehow.)

Confucius Say:  “It would certainly be to correct language. If language is not correct then what is said is not what is meant. If what is said is not what is meant, then what ought to be done remains undone. If this remains undone, then morals and acts deteriorate. If morals and acts deteriorate, justice will go astray. If justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence, there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.”

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