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Humanity Needs to Get a Backbone

Did you ever warn someone that what they were about to do would result in a huge mistake that would cost them dearly?  If so, you may have been met with resistance and anger from a person who felt that they should be given the latitude and freedom to make their own choices, regardless of whether or not those choices would, indeed, result in pain and suffering.

In our attempt to spare someone from going through tragedy, we can easily overstep our bounds when suggesting that we know better than them.  I actually experienced this some 27 years ago as I announced my upcoming marriage.  A friend of a friend strongly urged me not to go through with it, warning that it would have dire consequences.  This year, I will be celebrating 27 years of wedded bliss to the man who, although not perfect, has enhanced and upgraded my life in so many ways that it’s almost impossible to enumerate.

So why is it that some people seem to think that they know what’s best for everyone else, to the point where they want to legislate how life should be lived?

Putting this into practice, as it relates to our everyday lives, you may have recently heard this troubling piece of news.  In the latest attempt to control individuals, an action has been taken, by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), to ban gas stoves and range tops, a move which has already been enforced in California and New York, making it impossible to install such an appliance in one’s home.  The reason? You guessed it! Global warming from greenhouse gases and fossil fuels, being released into the atmosphere, is the reason for the ban.  How predictable!

Claiming that these products, which cannot be made safe, must be banned, CPSC commissioner, Richard Trumka, Jr., categorically states that “Gas appliances are a hidden hazard.”

But West Virginia Senator, Joe Manchin is not having any of it as he tweeted, “The federal government has no business telling American families how to cook their dinner.  I can tell you the last thing that would ever leave my house is the gas stove that we cook on.”

It’s, of course, odd that suddenly, the very cookers that we’ve all used over the course of 100 years would now be deemed dangerous and hazardous to the general public.  As one news anchor said this morning, “How much more will people put up with?”

It seems that, on a daily basis, we are constantly being told what we should eat, how, what and when we should drive, what medical interventions we must agree to undertake, which words we should delete from our lexicon, how we should think and vote, how we should accept the fact that all whites have a built-in racial bias, what temperature our home thermostats should be set at and so much more.  In fact, just the last 2-3 years of absurd and tyrannical proposals could fill this entire article itself.

Recently, I came across a clip where someone stated that, although the rights and freedoms of humanity are being infringed upon in ways that are unprecedented, the vast majority of the world’s population feels more secure when they are told what to do.  Hence, the speaker believes that people will, ultimately, acquiesce to whatever demands are placed upon them, no matter how oppressive or overbearing they are.  In fact, he went on to state that not only will they accept the dramatic changes, but they will actually even defend their reasonability and logic, all in the naïve but misplaced faith that they have granted to those who govern them.

While this may be true of many individuals, it certainly is not true of everyone.  Here in Israel, for example, as a new hardline, right-wing coalition has come into power, demanding major policy changes which affect everyday life and governance, including overriding judgments made by Israeli courts, more than 10,000 people recently took to the streets to protest their refusal to comply with and accept the changes that this incoming government hopes to bring.

Those numbers are said to be just the beginning in a lengthy, protracted attempt to loudly proclaim that a large segment of Israel’s population is not okay with the aspirations of politicians who hope to change the face of a society which has long been known for being tolerant, all-inclusive and the one, true democratic haven in the Middle East.

With all these novel ideas, which contain hidden agendas, directed in favor of eliminating freedom of choice, others, in various nations, are also beginning to express their outrage at what is being understood as a coordinated global effort to change our way of life, often in the name of climate change, exaggerated health fears or whatever reason that sounds justified to upend our personal choices and preferences – because, in the end, they know what’s better for us than we do for ourselves.

In recent days, we’ve seen massive protests in France and Sri Lanka, whose population is rebelling against a plummeting economy which has seen huge price hikes, all in the name of saving the planet.

Here’s the thing. If humanity doesn’t come to the place where it recognizes that there are, in fact, coordinated efforts by global organizations, such as the WHO, the WEF, the U.N. and other governing agencies, directed at controlling our every move and modifying our habits, then we will, effectively, be poised to lose the best way of life to which humans can ever aspire – one which allows for independent thinking, free movement and the right to live according to one’s personal convictions so long as it’s within the confines of the law.

As the news personality, who asked the question of how much more will people be willing to put up with, that is a question which each person, on the face of the planet, needs to ask.  And while asking themselves that question, they also need to figure out if they are truly sheep who can be led to the place that their “governing shepherd” determines is the best place for them – even to the slaughterhouse.

The only antidote to this grave dilemma, plaguing humanity, is for us to get a backbone, stand up to what’s being promoted as “progress” and let everyone know that saving the planet cannot be predicated on living in slavery, because, in the end, that would not be a planet worth saving!

About the Author
A former Jerusalem elementary and middle-school principal and the granddaughter of European Jews who arrived in the US before the Holocaust. Making Aliyah in 1993, she is retired and now lives in the center of the country with her husband.
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