Monday, January 9, 2017

Political Superstitions (part 2); Thanking Veterans For Their Service

This one requires no reference as it is so prevalent that you would have to live under a rock to have never heard it. Civilians say it unthinkingly as if it were a truism like the sun sets in the west. What they don't realize is that you don't have to join any branch of the military or take up any government office to serve your country; anyone who works and/or invests in any domestic business is serving their country. Even visa workers are serving a country that is not their own. It isn't obvious at the individual level, where we only seem to be serving our self-interest, but only when we consider the big picture. An entrepreneur cannot earn a profit without serving his/her compatriots. If he/she employs anyone else, they also cannot earn a wage with serving their compatriots in some capacity. His or her vendors too cannot earn a profit without serving their compatriots even if they don't sell to the public. The same is generally true of all businesses, whether they are sole proprietors, partnerships, public or private corporations. When put into the proper perspective, this statement of gratitude becomes completely meaningless. Millions of people serve their country everyday without even contemplating death or their 'duties to society'. The adage is borne of the collectivist mindset that the 'common good' can only be secured by sacrificing the self-interest of the individual. It is a holdover from our primitive past when humans constantly lived on the edge of starvation and survival was only assured through forced cooperation

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