To Open the Door, You Gotta Turn the Handle


And God presented through man that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” (Article 25, 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

And so David went about his life secure in the knowledge that all mankind had these rights.

And so when the time came for David to go to school to learn the skills needed to earn a living, the school bus driver pulled up and asked David to hop in to go to school. David replied, “No thanks” and chose instead to sit on his parents’ porch step and let the world go by secure in the knowledge that God had given him these rights.

Seeing David wasting his otherwise good life, after his parents passed away suddenly, a friend of theirs happened by the porch one day and told David that he could apprentice at the machine shop if he liked. But once again knowing that all mankind had the rights to life’s security, David said, “No thanks” and continued to roost on his parents’ porch steps.

Or course, the time came when after no taxes had been paid, the government took David’s parents’ home for taxes and David was sent away. Seeing him wandering through a park, a government unemployment worker asked David to come by the office and he would see about getting David a minimum wage job, but obstinate in the knowledge of life saving rights, David said, “No thanks” and later died a quiet death in the park.

Upon arriving at the pearly gates, David asked God why he had proclaimed these rights for all mankind and yet David did not receive these benefits. God scratched his head for having given man a brain that could become so confused, and answered, “Did I not send you the school bus driver, the machine shop owner and the government office worker?”

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Filed under American Governance, Economic Crisis, social trajectory

One response to “To Open the Door, You Gotta Turn the Handle

  1. Excellent post, Cliff! Oversimplified of course for clarity’s sake, but that’s what you’re allowed to do when making a good point. Rights are one thing; protecting them is something else.

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