Editorial #361 The Real Function of Government
The fundamental law in nature is survival with the axiom that “survival of the fittest” is the only way nature can improve itself.
This explains why every living thing must adapt to its environment in order to guarantee its survival. In natural law, the primary objective of any life form is to procreate and pass along the traits that will optimize its survival to the next generation.
Each individual life is unique and special. To the rational and finite mind, it seems nearly impossible that every living thing is different with infinite variations. Even inanimate objects, like individual snowflakes or sand grains, are unique. This irrefutable fact makes it easier to explain the existence of God to those who claim be agnostic.
To focus on differences is amusing, but it is like gossip, of little worth and a waste of time. Serious scientific study nearly always concentrates on similarities. No two things are identical, but the similarities are where predictability starts, the means by which knowledge is quantified. With this the purpose of life can be discovered. It encourages us to use our God given intellect to deal with trials, problems and tribulations, by identifying trends, patterns and systems, with inconsistencies showing areas where clarifications and resolutions are needed.
Each individual species evolves and multiplies with the most successful being in greater in numbers. This requires organizational systems to evolve when families growing into communities that evolve into systems of government.
The existence of a government always subscribes to the first law of nature, to survive. The irony is a government of the people, by the people, for the people, is locked in a battle for survival against itself because our government is supposed to be “of the people”. All governments are fundamentally dedicated to its own survival. The organism of a society is also interested in its own survival, making it a never ending battle with itself. Neither can win as both will eventually destroy itself with a third party, who was watching, the ultimate temporary winner. “The only corporal thing in the world that never dies is a government program.”
Cycles repeat themselves from generation to generation. As we live longer the recurrence of these cycles are more easily observed, as multiple generations will simultaneously exist. Elders will often comment on the generation gap, seeing their own youthful mistakes repeated by the youth of today. “They will never learn” is the common remark.
The founder of Dubai, Sheik Rashid, was asked about the future of his country, and he replied, “My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I ride a Mercedes, my son rides a Land Rover, and my grandson is going to ride a Land Rover…but my great-grandson is going to have to ride a camel again.”
Observing history, we can conclude the real function of government is to spend your money only for the purposes of extending its own existence indefinitely, but the camels are on the horizon. Everything will wear out and will need to be replaced. At our own peril, both governments and society ignore the three laws of thermodynamics: 1) We can’t get something for nothing; 2) We don’t respond to that fact very well (in our era of immediate gratification) and 3) It always gets worse.
The most dangerous and disappointing part is that society has yet to learn the first law.
This is Keith Kube wishing you the best in making the world a better place.
Keith has a regular commentary on WJAG 780 radio at 7:40 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Check his website www.keithkube.com for past editorials.