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?