Reciprocity — reblogged

In God we trust” on the back of a U.S. Twenty Dollar Bill

How do most people regard presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private email server with classified information on it? Some people probably don’t give it much thought.  Others consider the matter an indication of Clinton’s ethical standards. In his post, Necessary and Proper asks us to contemplate what the matter says about us.

Are you a cheap conquest?  An easy catch?  Will you consent to anyone that promises to be immediately pleasing?  Do you avoid inquiring (or even wondering) about motives, preferring a superficial simplicity?

Or do you make your consent hard to get?  Saved for someone who is committed to respecting you in the long run?  Do you expect your chosen one to reciprocate by showing you solid fidelity and integrity in everything they do – even when nobody is watching them?

Let’s name it the General Law of Human Reciprocity:

In human social selections, your consensual standards set the height of the bar your ‘chosen one’ will try to leap.

Low bar = low results.  High bar = high results.

This rule of thumb about human nature is widely useful, I dare say.  In this article I will apply it to political behavior – of the governed and the governors.  Especially the act of Continue reading

With the motto “In God we trust” above it, the back of a U.S. Twenty Dollar Bill displays The White House. Does trust really matter to us? Is it God, is it money, or is it our President we trust? Do we know — do we still know who we should trust?

Consider the history of that motto, “In God we trust.” Then stop and think. What kind of reciprocity does God demand of us? Doesn’t he expect us to try to love Him as He loves us? Doesn’t He expect us to “do unto others what you would have them do unto you”? If that is true, why is it so many act as if we can thoughtlessly elect our leaders and get away with it?

4 thoughts on “Reciprocity — reblogged

  1. Interesting insights here Tom. Gives us all something to consider this coming election cycle. By God’s grace we will all take the time to vote and vote carefully after considering all the qualifications of each candidate. Sad to say in many cases, it will end up being the lesser to two evils we are forced to vote upon. Lord bless.

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    1. Necessary and Proper posts some thoughtful stuff.

      I have said the same thing about our choice between the lesser of two evils. Then I had what at first seemed a funny thought. It occurred to me that even if we had the two best people on the planet running we would still be choosing between the lesser of two evils. Only God is good.

      After a bit of reflection, I felt a little chill. This is why we should never choose to have a king rule over us.

      Thank you for your comment, and may our Lord bless you.


  2. Interesting post, Tom, both the links and your comments. “Love,” is a concept that has gotten all messed up in modern society, in so many ways, and unfortunately most of our voting seems to happen on an emotional level.

    Emotion does have it’s place however, for example, I am intensely annoyed that I in my little dinky part time job, give up all rights to my computer and personal communication. Heck, I can even be monitored on hidden camera. These invasions of privacy annoy me no end, but it’s really irritating that they don’t seem to apply equally to those paid with tax dollars and working for the people. I have to have drug tests…I wonder if any of our congresscritters have to do that? Of course not. The rules are for the little people….

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    1. @insanitybytes22

      Thank you.

      Emotion does have its place. Without passion we don’t do very much, for example. Unless we love our country — our family, friends, and neighbors — we will not do our homework and try to vote wisely.

      I am monitored on my Internet usage too. Not a high enough mucky muck. The hidden camera is ridiculous, but I suspect that kind of nonsense will get worse before it gets better — if it does get better.

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