Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions

Those who want to “fix” things no doubt believe they are improving the situation, but too often, as each of us knows from personal experience, the “helpers” just end up making things worse.

Think about the adage when contemplating our national problems. Do not activists and politicians try to “fix” too many of them? While their intentions may be benevolent, their actions not only worsen the situation at hand, but also create new crises.

It reminds me of my class in 20th century Russian history. Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky began by trying to help the oppressed peasants and were dismayed when the peasants didn’t seem to want or appreciate their help. So, they forced their way into power, believing it was for the good of the people. But the end result was the gulags for dissenters and suffering for the whole population. Eventually the People’s Paradise collapsed from its own weight.

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