When our Ruling Classes choose to experiment with social do-goodism

…those experiments are always conducted on the poor and the weak, never on themselves. It’s only fair: the poor and weak do the suffering part of the job and the rich and powerful do-gooder does the admiring himself in the mirror part of the job. Simple division of labor. Do the poor expect to get *all* the glory?

“Rotten?” said Uncle Andrew with a puzzled look. “Oh, I see. You mean that little boys ought to keep their promises. Very true: most right and proper, I’m sure, and I’m very glad you have been taught to do it. But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys — and servants — and women — and even people in general, can’t possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny.”

As he said this he sighed and looked so grave and noble and mysterious that for a second Digory really thought he was saying something rather fine. But then he remembered the ugly look he had seen on his Uncle’s face the moment before Polly had vanished: and all at once he saw through Uncle Andrew’s grand words. “All it means,” he thought to himself, “is that he thinks he can do anything he likes to get anything he wants.” – The Magician’s Nephew

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  • http://creativefidelity.wordpress.com Dan F.

    It’s passages like that that remind me how much I love C.S. Lewis.

  • No One

    The poor and disenfranchised are always marginalized. Looks like Bloomberg is doing what every stinking politician wants to do to the rest of us: police our food.

    Well, then the nearest synogogue or Church can think about returning to their charitable roots and setting up a space to feed these poor, in-house, instead of letting the state bully control over the poor.

    And the poor man lying on the street can just pick up his mat and get to it.

    If their brains won’t kick in, maybe their tastebuds will.

    God bless them! This may be me and my family in a few years, or any one of us…

  • http://g Hezekiah Garrett

    I tried to get arrested several years ago when Atlanta banned mendicantism from the touristy part of downtown.

    Now Philly wants to ban feeding the hungry and Sodom on Hudson wants no private assistance in feeding theirs.

    Imagine if creation hadn’t already been redeemed?