reply to post by pavmas
If society requires us to live by its rule, that rule must be applied to all of the members of the tribe. If it is not equally and bilaterally
applied, then there is a disconnect between the legislators/enforcers of the society and everyone else, which tends to disadvantage the individual or
family -- the constituents, the workers, the tithers of governmental income. I'm not calling for revolution, just spitballing here. If the
disconnect becomes too wide (imo), discord and strife seem to have historically nurtured the seed of revolt.
Health care should be part of the fabric in any civilized country; it should be something that is continually and incrementally paid for by those are
part of the pack or group that endorses it. Those that cannot pay should be legally vetted as not being able to pay, and assisted. To me, it's
the most important issue; we will all grow old. Most of us will get sick.
We pay into the machine. If it isn't structured in a way that provides health care for ALL of us, what good is it?
If we can solve health care, we can begin to help people to work together again toward a common goal.
You mentioned Scotland, and as chance would have it, just last week I was working on a writing project and set out to reseach the names of occupations
in Scotland of old. I came across lists similar to this
... and you know what resonated with
me? It seems like there was a time when almost everybody in the tribe/group had a job, a task, a purpose. There was a hierarchy of influence and
power, and people could actually change their station if they were lucky, resourceful and ambitious. Yes, there were people who were legally-badged
beggars, but overall society used to foster unity and cooperation -- everpresent crooks and criminals notwithstanding.
No, state/providence/national legislation shouldn't be constantly dabbling with or modifying Welfare/other numbers -- some people depend upon that
income. Yes, there are defrauders of every system.
I don't know what will shape the answer, but I do feel strongly that it will come from within, as a peoples' movement to take a bit of the strain on
the rein that steers society and government.(s)