It is wrong to invoke the sentiments and affections we have for small, traditional human groups such as families and villages and then use those feelings to support the concentration of political power into massively large governments.
Small scale entities allow room for eccentricity and tradition, for creativity in a context of ordered liberty. When Hillary Clinton quoted a bit of African folk wisdom, "It takes a village to raise a child," she would have been correct if she had actually been talking about villages. Parents, schools, churches, merchants, neighbors all present to children a reasonably consistent set of expectations for behavior as well as for growth and development.
Of course, Ms. Clinton was not talking about a "village," she was talking about the gigantic government of the United States of America. The federal government cannot see a child. It sees millions of children. It sees statistics and opportunities for the exercise of power and for the ever greater enrichment of bureaucrats. But we might ask, has federal involvement improved education in the Huron Valley? I really don't think so.
Anyway, we need to think very critically about the overall agenda of this entire series of workshops and events supposedly related to celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I think that agenda is best summarized by this text taken from a description of one of the workshops: -- quote -- ". . . we examine more specific foundations for a true and lasting peace: a universal framework and union of nations based upon shared values; a system of universal laws and a world executive empowered with upholding and enforcing these laws. . ." -- end of quote --
Pardon me, but that is not a recipe for peace, it is a recipe for total global war. Whose "values" are we going to end up "sharing?" Mine or yours? Ours or theirs? And who is going to be in charge of this great global conglomeration? Me or you? Us or them?
The warm, fuzzy imagery of family togetherness simply does not scale up when we are talking about a cold, squamulous power that would rule every human on this planet.
Peace requires the dispersal and distribution of power, not the concentration of it. Peace requires that we respect differences instead of pretending they do not exist. Peace requires that we respect boundaries instead of pretending that they are of no importance.
"One world, one family" is a good slogan for TV commercials, but, for actual application to the real world we live in, it is an amazingly bad idea.
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