Diary

The Insidiousness of Free Stuff

The root cause of most, if not all, of the world’s problems can be summed up in one simple word: stuff. From toddlers in daycare, to countries at war — it all boils down to someone trying to take someone else’s stuff; and “someone else” trying to stop “someone” from taking said stuff. When someone covets someone else’s stuff — and “someone else” refuses to voluntarily give his stuff to “someone,” “someone” has three options:
1. Forget about taking “someone else’s” stuff
2. Take “someone else’s” stuff by force
3. Ask a third party to take “someone else’s” stuff for you

Of the three options, only option three creates “free stuff.” Free stuff is the most complicated of all the stuff on the planet; it creates problems not associated with stuff that is worked for, earned or paid for. In truth, free stuff has no real, or intrinsic value — it has not been acquired through effort or sacrifice; therefore, a sense of accomplishment or self-satisfaction cannot be attached to it. Sooner or later, free stuff will be taken for granted, devalued or discarded altogether.

Free stuff becomes problematic when “someone” asks a third party to intervene on its behalf, and take “someone else’s” stuff and give it to “someone.” The folks who are forced to give their stuff to the folks who don’t have as much stuff generally end up resenting the folks to whom they give their stuff. To complicate things further, if the group in charge of taking stuff from the first group and giving it to the second group constantly badmouths the first group to the second group, the second group ends up resenting the first group as well.

The more stuff the third party takes from the first group and gives to the second group, the less the first group is able to pay for the free stuff it gives to the second group, and its own stuff as well. As a result, the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop. Now, the folks who are forcing the folks to give free stuff to the other folks tells the folks receiving the free stuff that the folks giving the free stuff are mean, selfish, racist or all of the above. This angers the folks receiving the free stuff, making them demand even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they’re already getting.

So now, the folks who are getting the free stuff have been convinced by the third party that they should hate the folks who are paying for the free stuff  because they’re heartless and selfish. Furthermore, they are promised by the folks who are forcing the first group to give free stuff to the second group that if it (the second group) votes for the folks doing the forcing, they will force the first group to give even more free stuff to the second group.

If the group who is giving the free stuff finally gets fed up, saying enough is enough, and stops — or cuts back — the free stuff, the folks who have been receiving the free stuff will riot, burn and steal other stuff that isn’t theirs. (thus, creating more free stuff) After all, the group who is receiving the free stuff has been convinced by the group who is forcing the first group to give the free stuff that the first group “must pay its fair share,” by giving more and more of its stuff to the second group. They are convinced that things will only be “fair” when both groups have relatively equal amounts of stuff. After all, this is America; doesn’t equal opportunity mean equal results?

The Rat hopes this clears everything up — for both groups of folks. Oh – and the “third party,” as well…