To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude that the fiery destructive passions of war reign in the human breast with much more powerful sway than the mild and beneficent sentiments of peace; and that to model our political systems upon speculations of lasting tranquility would be to calculate on the weaker springs of human character.
– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34, January 4, 1788.
Why do we give assistance to other nations? Not assistance when there’s an unexpected disaster like an earthquake, tsunami, but rather generalized assistance for basic things like food and water.
The United States spends a lot of time and money giving aid to a lot of third world countries for these things. A lot of people, correctly, think we shouldn’t because these nations need to learn to stand on their own. After all that’s what they did before we helped them anyway. Crop storage and irrigation techniques were perfected in each part of the world thousands of years ago. Considering that reason there really is no excuse for their to be starvation in Africa today. Except there is, despite our best efforts. These forms of aid are international welfare, they create dependency for people who can least afford to be soft.
There are many people, both in the west and in the various locations, who are aware of these truths so someday real help may be a possibility.
Still there is something interesting at work to consider in this matter. While conservatives probably donate more money to these kinds of charities and agencies(that is beyond whatever federal programs/funds exist for the purpose), it is the liberals who love them the most. For progressives it is not so much about helping other people as it is in helping themselves, namely through massaging their egos.
They love to help those poor Africans, Asians, and Latins develop themselves into modern citizens of the first world, the very thing they make snarky comments about over at huffington post.
In helping these poor third worlders with the various their forms of assistance they can’t help but westernize them through their contact, thus turning them into the very thing they so openly despise for its materialism and vanity. “Native African culture is so wonderful, it’s so free and uninhibited”….”which is why I’m doing my part to undermine and make them just like me!”
Truth is the best thing we could do for people around the world is let them be themselves. What’s the point in saving/helping them if they aren’t allowed to be whatever it is that they choose for themselves. People of the various nations of the world are not a toy for you to play dolls with. They are not there for you to feel good about yourself for being cultured, while washing off their culture to replace with the same thing you despise your neighbors for.
It may be a small world after all, but that doesn’t mean you get to go around meddling in the affairs of other people simply because you think you know better. Leave them alone and simply enjoy and observe, take part in they invite you, but don’t take charge.