What is pissing me off today – Being My Brother’s Keeper

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“But looking out for one another. That’s a value. The idea that we’re all in this together. I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper.” – Barack Obama 3/3/2012

This may be the one thing that is fundamentally fucking this country. The notion that we are all supposed to be in “this” together and taking care of one another. That somehow, without our consent, we have been conscripted into the service to our fellow citizen and that by virtue of our meer existance we must take up for the guy next-door; making sure he has everything he needs regardless of his efforts towards his own affairs

Well I call BULLSHIT on that!

I struggled to understand the origin of this overused and ass-backward social theory very briefly and then remembered; it’s a bible verse. That explains everything and it explains why people have taken it completely our of context. God doesn’t say that we are our brother’s keepers, actually God doesn’t suggest this in anyway, it’s Cain. The bible does say that we are to love each other, but still nothing about having to take care of everyone. (Not that I care what the bible says one way or the other, just illustrating the point.)

Why is it that people can’t take responsibility for themselves? What is wrong with self-reliance? What the is basis of this moral imperative? That people cannot be held responsible for their actions because unseen forces are manipulating our existence? Or is it that by the very nature of religion, we are lead to believe that we cannot survive without intervening forces protecting us from our stupid selves?

I’m sorry, I reject all of that and any other precept that relegates humanity to a creature in need and I don’t accept the thought that we should feel the need to intervene in the affairs of others.

Now I’m not advocating turning your back on someone dying on the street corner, but I am saying that we each make our own way in this world and we are an amalgam of our own decisions, no one else’s, and therefore we do not owe anyone a debt of service or care-taking simply because we share our turn here in the same timeframe.

We’re going to be hearing a lot about Ayn Rand in the coming months and the impact her writings have had on Paul Ryan the VP candidate, so here is a quote that I feel covers the concept of “brother’s keeper” with a logical and reasoned approach;

“My views on charity are very simple. I do not consider it a major virtue and, above all, I do not consider it a moral duty. There is nothing wrong in helping other people, if and when they are worthy of the help and you can afford to help them. I regard charity as a marginal issue. What I am fighting is the idea that charity is a moral duty and a primary virtue.” – From Playboy’s 1964 interview with Ayn Rand

With all due respect,
The Chief