Road to Hell   8 comments

Feb 25, 2019

What have you done to make the world a better place?

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I have deep and abiding distrust of people who try to make the world a “better place”. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Good intentions and a belief in our own morality has led to some dark, dark, DARK places. Che Guevara wanted to make the world a better place. Not kidding. Read “The Motorcycle Diaries.” Pot Pot thought he was making the world a better place. The Crusades started out as well-meant effort to protect Christians from Muslim aggression and morphed into something quite evil.

People who view themselves through the lens of good intentions cannot imagine that their good intentions might lead to bad places when imposed about large swaths of the population. They rarely imagine that they could be pawns in someone else’s game. They cannot imagine that their high ideals can be manipulated or repurposed by others in ways that negate their good intentions. They are (often) unwilling to acknowledge this and refuse to develop any sort of nonsense detection. They tend to think they are so well-intentioned, that the will double-down on the approaches they’ve taken and the commitments they’ve made and it all-too-often leads them to justify abuse and to take an “ends justifies the means” attitude. Consider Prohibition, the invasion of Iraq, and the century of forest fire suppression that came before the massive forest fires in recent years. Just a few examples where high-minded individuals with the best of intentions paved, walled, roofed and furnished hell and caused immense suffering.

I actually pray that God saves us from do-gooders who want to make the world “a better place.” My “better place” might well be your “hell on earth” and the reverse most assuredly will be true.

I think I have made the world a better place. Someone might read this article and say “hey, shes right” and commit to a life of voluntaryism instead of statist control of their neighbors. See, better place.

I try to make the world a better place by not actually trying to do that. It’s a kind of silly meme – the “vast liberarian conspiracy to take over the world and leave you alone” but I mostly subscribe to voluntaryism – the idea that I can inspire you with my life choices and offer to exchange resources, but I can’t force you to do what I think is best for you. I try to make the area within my personal space a better place. I control that and I should. But I have boundaries. I don’t control you and I shouldn’t. Yeah, sometimes I wish I could fix you, but ….

I recognize I live in a fallen world populated by broken people, who are not unlike me. We delude ourselves into believing that we who are oh-so-broken can make the world become a better place. That is deity level work and we’re not capable. Only God can make the world a better place to live. That humbles me and because I am humble before the Greatest Force in the Universe, He can use me in small ways to make the world a better place one or two people at a time.

I have volunteered my time at a homeless shelter and the local food bank, cleaned the streets of my town, taught English to the foreign born and suppressed my claustrophobia to enter the local jail to work with the incarcerated. I give a sizeable chunk of my income to charitable work through my church and directly to Samaritan’s Purse and Heifer International. I’m now starting to move into mentoring younger Christian women, particularly those who are struggling with family addiction issues.

I’ve spent a lot of effort in educating people from my blog about voluntaryism, faith, and the history of human beings asphalting the road to hell with the bodies produced by good intentions. I host discussions on my Facebook page designed to teach people to debate without hatred and rancor, to see the other sides of an argument and not think the people espousing them are evil or stupid.

And whenever God gives me the opportunity, I share the gospel with the willing, because I know in my heart that the world will never be a better place without Jesus Christ.

I have no intentions of imposing my good intentions on anyone else. I believe in voluntary exchange. If something I do, something I write, how I live my life, inspires someone else to make their personal life better, then I have actually made the world a better place without building any roads to hell.

Posted February 25, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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  1. You certainly have made your world a better place, Lela. Well done for what you have achieved so far!

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    • I think you have as well. For example, not driving up the tailpipe of the car in front of you. People are such jerks and the things that make the world worse are so often the small things.

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      • If somebody drives too close to my son, he purposely slows down to 10mph!

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      • My husband and I do that too and we’ve notices our son is now doing it. I also wave at them when I roll by them at the newly-turned green light while they’re still trying to regain momentum after having stopped at the red light they insisted upon rushing to. Yeah, it probably irritates them, but I hope that slight bit of cheeky arrogance on my part gets them thinking “Why is she ahead of me? Could it be she knows how to drive for the conditions and I should emulate her?”

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      • I’m too wary of possible repercussions at traffic lights, so don’t do it. However, I sometimes wish I had the courage to do it!

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      • I’m rolling and they’re not, so there aren’t a lot of repercussions possible. Occasionally, I do a letter to the editor of the newspaper explaining to newcomers that driving in Alaska in winter is kind of not the same as driving in California or Texas and suggesting they slow the heck down and pay attention to traffic flow. The responses in the comment section are usually golden. All the Alaskans agree with me and all the newbys/military don’t.

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  2. There’s a difference in talking about making the world a better place and actually doing something about it. We have to separate the two.

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    • Exactly. Far too many people try to force the world into their mold rather than talk about principles and let people adopt wise ideas or not as they see fit for their own lives. Making people into slaves of any agenda is not truly making the world better.

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