Architecture + Morality has a short essay up regarding the ease with which a people will incrementally surrender their freedom for the promise of security. A country, like a person, will often become lazy as they grow fat and prosperous. Turning over tasks to others that were once performed themselves, life becomes simpler and easier with more time for leisure and luxuries until one day, having abandoned all responsibility for the day to day routines and due diligence that we as individuals once used to ensure a roof over our heads, or to keep our kids safe, or make certain that our hard earned savings were safe and secure, we discover that those whom we have entrusted with these formerly self performed tasks have packed up and made off with everything in the middle of the night without a trace. How did this happen? Why wasn’t someone watching? Who’s to blame? Certainly not us we seem to be saying in ever greater numbers.
To hold accountable those who steal from us is only right, but a certain amount of blame must lie with those who willingly turn over their wallets, or their safety, or their means of shelter, to people or institutions they know deep down don’t always have their best interests at heart. While some wish to double down on this practice of avoiding responsibility for oneself by now entrusting an all powerful federal government to take care of them, a growing movement of people are looking to again take care of themselves. To return power to a more local level where our family’s finances, or safety, or well-being are our responsibility and no one elses. To a time when bankers, and lawyers, and politicians, were not to be trusted beyond the notion that their professions were a sometimes necessary evil.
Who is going to take care of us? We can certainly do worse, and lately have done worse, than take care of ourselves.