It starts out small, a little relinquishing of responsibility here, the easy way out there and soon the machine begins to grow. It takes on a life of its own, feeding on the selfish nature of humans. Every time we give up our responsibilities for the sake of an easier, more convenient life, we feed the Machine that threatens to engulf our life, our liberty and our pursuit of happiness.
I recently came across an article about a mother fighting for the right not to have her child immunized. She happens to live in a state that requires immunizations for entrance into school. The girl suffered significant ill effects from her first round of immunization and her mother is more than a little reluctant to subject her to further immunizations. However, because state laws requires immunization before entrance to school is allowed, this mother's child has been denied access to a state education.
Although some may find this outrageous, I see this as a logical outcome of relinquished responsibility. Any time we give our authority to others we also give up our right to choose. The mother in the article gave the authority to educate her daughter to the state, and in doing so she gave up her right to choose what she thought was best. She presented her child to the Machine and the Machine chose.
And as we feed the Machine, it will continue to grow and consume. When we rely on the State to provide our health care, the State will, in turn, tell us what we can and can't do. The State will tell us what we can eat. The State will tell us what tests we are allowed and what treatments we are eligible for. They will tell us when we are too old to receive health care and when we are too disabled to bother with. And we will have no choice, because we sold our souls to the Machine. When we rely on the Machine to pay our way, we give the Machine the right to choose for us.
It has already begun. When we began third-party pay through insurance companies, we lost our right to choose our treatments. Our insurance company must be notified of any procedure and decide whether to allow it or not. They choose what doctors are available to treat us and how long we are allowed to stay in the hospital. And all because we relinquished our responsibility to pay for our own health care.
I can hear it already. "We pay taxes so that our children can be educated!" and "I PAY for insurance - what are you talking about third-party pay!" But the reality is we have given our responsibility to another. Paying taxes to the Machine does not imply being an active member of your child's education. You are paying someone else to educate your progeny. And the system you have chosen to educate your child has absolutely no accountability to you. They choose the curriculum. They choose the teachers. They choose to introduce your child to "alternative" lifestyles. And they choose whether you child must be immunized or not.
The more we relinquish our responsibilities to the State the more we feed the Machine. And the more we feed the Machine the more it will require to maintain itself. The only way to disable the Machine is not to feed it. In order not to feed it, we have to not expect anything from it. We have to rely on ourselves, our families and our churches. People still have souls, the Machine does not.
Call me an idealist, but the truth of the matter is that I still believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And I believe that comes from inside of us. Through faith in God. Through hope and hard work. My life, my liberty and my happiness does not come from the Machine.
Unless we change our direction, we will all be saying Welcome to the Machine.
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