Although you may have found it beneficial, would you make that decision for others? Would you have the government mandate this?
Much of it IS mandated by the government. Like stores being closed on Sunday.
When I first got here, I was irritated as heck and shocked that the people allowed the government to tell all businesses they could not open on
Sunday. I also could not grasp why restaurants don't open between meal times. Why all other business closes between 12h00 and 2:00.
In the last few years, there has been some debate and conflict about the closed sundays issue- I immediately assumed everyone was FOR that changing.
Everytime the subject arose around others I would speak as if it is great they were thinking of changing it.
EACH TIME people got suddenly very ill at ease, and the most daring and outspoken of them would speak for the rest and explain to me like I was a
child that "We don't want
that. It is a bad
thing. It is what the big corporations want, in order to increase their already huge wealth,
at the price of our family and community life. We do not want to let them destroy us that way. We will not let them."
I was confused for a while but with time I came to understand that "we" for them, means "our government"
These laws put in place by the government are not the government putting limits on the people, it is the people putting limits on the big
Makes sense. The people vote for every member in that government, they protest actively and keep it in line. They do not have any of that power inside
of corporate entities. Those are individuals.
In our american thinking, individual rights are more important than the majority rights. So of course, we give corporate entities more power than the
majority (the people).
(......then we come grumble about that on a conspiracy site.
But here, the majority has agreed that more than becoming richer, they want to keep a moderate lifestyle, with a balance between work and community,
and they put limits which protect that. If I (or any other individual) do not agree with that, we can leave. No one is stopping us. It is easier for
an individual to leave than the majority.
eta: Just a note on the example of bans on stores opening on Sunday- Sunday is when most villages have flea markets and what you might call "farmers
markets"- where people go to sell their handmade objects and homegrown vegetables and fruits, cheeses, breads, meats, etc. This is an outdoor thing,
in which all the members of the community come to buy and to socialize.
The ban protects the people who do this. The ones who make money on the side selling their homegrown organic veggies and stuff. If you open a huge
chain grocery store with crapfood for cheap that day, eventually people will end up going there instead. It will kill the small artisanal business and
bonding activity of the community.
If government won't stand up for the small business and artisans, against corporate entities, who will???
And we also tend to act as if we don't need a little support from the exterior in fighting against our base appetites, but I have found that is
unrealistic. It is a great theory, but in reality, trying to diet while filling your fridge and cupboards with cakes and chips, and abstaining while
everyone else is chowing down often ends up with you joining them eventually. Our culture overestimates the power of the will, and understimates the
power of collective will, and of the bodily drives.
edit on 13-4-2014 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)