Last week the Aunty of a tragically murdered boy asked the question
Why is life so unfair?
The fact is that “unfair” is the human default. Always has been and always will be.
Whether it is in life, on the sports field, in business or on the political stage, all eventually end up in a natural state of unequalness.
Sure we have good sportsmanship but that is more to do with good manners.
The weird thing is that socialism, sold as giving everyone a fair slice of the pie, achieved the exact opposite.
The best we have is democracy, where we can but hope that everyone has some freedom and opportunity to succeed on their own merits.
People who use the word fair to give credence to their latest argument, do so only because they are lacking any logical means to win you over.
Remember that the next time you hear some left wing politician harping on, especially about progressive taxes, welfare, minimum wages and any other fair cause they can cram into their briefcase.
The fairness they are selling is really only their unjust right to spend your money on their make believe fairy world. A world where apparently, if you vote for them long enough, bad things won't happen to you.
In the real world, bad stuff happens because people either choose to do the wrong thing at the wrong time or they put their destiny in the hands of others.
You can be murdered by being on the wrong street at the wrong time.
You can hand over your life savings to a financier as a recession hits.
You can put your future in the hands of a bureaucrat/provider whose only real interest is in cashing their weekly salary cheque.
I suspect that Whanau Ora will fall into this latter category.
The Maori Party solution, that only state funded intervention can solve their problems, is also actually the problem.
The State will keep putting band aids over the true consequences of people's actions. Because that is all they can ever do. Plus selling bandaids is a profitable business - for politicians, civil servants or private provider.
Who knows, maybe Maori will get a better world from WO but don't expect a fairer one any time soon. It doesn't exist.
Personal responsibility is the only solution. For all of us.
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