The American Death Cult
In my immediately previous post, I posted a quote by John Adams on the Right To Property.
It was taken from his work, Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States.
I just read the whole section the quote was taken from and have decided to post it here because it not only speaks to the aforementioned Right, but is prophetic in it’s wisdom:
Suppose a nation, rich and poor, high and low, ten millions in number, all assembled together; not more than one or two millions will have lands, houses, or any personal property; if we take into the account the women and children, or even if we leave them out of the question, a great majority of every nation is wholly destitute of property, except a small quantity of clothes, and a few trifles of other movables. Would Mr. Nedham be responsible that, if all were to be decided by a vote of the majority, the eight or nine millions who have no property, would not think of usurping over the rights of the one or two millions who have? Property is surely a right of mankind as really as liberty. Perhaps, at first, prejudice, habit, shame or fear, principle or religion, would restrain the poor from attacking the rich, and the idle from usurping on the industrious; but the time would not be long before courage and enterprise would come, and pretexts be invented by degrees, to countenance the majority in dividing all the property among them, or at least, in sharing it equally with its present possessors. Debts would be abolished first; taxes laid heavy on the rich, and not at all on the others; and at last a downright equal division of every thing be demanded, and voted. What would be the consequence of this? The idle, the vicious, the intemperate, would rush into the utmost extravagance of debauchery, sell and spend all their share, and then demand a new division of those who purchased from them. The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If “Thou shalt not covet,” and “Thou shalt not steal,” were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.
So, the situation we are in is not surprising. What we are witnessing is normal human behavior, brilliantly described by one of our most brilliant Founders, when it is no longer tethered to Morality, to Virtue, when Prudence is rejected. Put simply: when a Society declares that God is dead and we all are gods, free from all restraints save those imposed by our own individual whims. Such a Society is a Culture Of Death because when everyone has license there can be no Order. When there is no Order, there are no rights that can be protected because there are no standards, no traditions, no customs, no manners. Truth becomes a meaningless concept and Chaos will inevitably ensue. And Chaos can only occur in darkness.
Could This Be One Explanation?
[Originally published 19 September 2012]