G R E A T
S O C I E T Y
What are the desired outcomes?
In this nation- and across the world- the outcomes of social programs often fall well-short of
stated intent. Could it be that part of the problem lays in lack of sufficient discussion pertaining
to desired outcomes?
Perhaps positive outcomes are further diminished by lack of consensus regarding
just what the concept of 'equality' really means. In this case a definition, only
presumed well-understood, succumbs to its own lack of substance by relying upon
the absence 'inequality' for definition. A logical consequence in this case would be
a limited understanding pertaining to cause and, difficulty in identifying just what it
is in need of a 'fix'.
Are these programs designed merely to sustain life? Or, is there intent to enhance the overall
experience of life? Presuming intent to be the latter--a prevailing confusion would certainly
befall the program designers-- as they see negligible positive results in response to brilliant
plans- conceived and implemented from remote location.
A nation delivers low income assistance hoping the problems will disappear... With noble intent, the
terms of subsidies, entitlement, and equal opportunity attempt to define the spirit of the effort- only
to then arrive seeming to serve in the perpetuation of disproportionate dependence for the
aggregate-recipient. We often fear the asking, just why this seems to be so.
It would likely be very unwise/unjust to cut or reduce housing and/or monetary
assistance programs. With the goodness of our collective reputation at stake,
perhaps it is simply a failure to recognize these programs address half the
equation at best. To balance the equation wide-scale directive action would
certainly be indicated. From countless efforts evident to history- Mere
distribution of material resources seems to seldom equate to lasting positive
So Dude...What are the
problems unique to black people?
None really...The problems are not the problem, only symptoms-
having nothing to do with race- and everything to do with being
human. The problem with symptoms viewed as problems is that any well-intended
approach fails to address the underlying cause. As a result, any quantifiable
indicator of success is probably measuring an outcome fully irrelevant to the cause and any
result viewed as positive will likely be short-lived; such seems to be the status of our current social welfare
a prevailing confusion would certainly befall the program designers-- as they see negligible positive results in response to brilliant plans- conceived and implemented from remote location