Setting The Bar High…And Low

Some call it the law of unintended consequences. Some might say there are those who believe in utopia, that somehow, someway, with the force of our will and government programs, we can make everything ok for everybody all the time. I’m not sure, but results tend to make some wonder.

“There are many well-meaning people today who work at placing an economic floor beneath all of us so that no one shall exist below a certain level or standard of living, and certainly we don’t quarrel with this. But look more closely and you may find that all too often these well-meaning people are building a ceiling above which no one shall be permitted to climb and between the two are pressing us all into conformity, into a mold of standardized mediocrity. The tendency toward assembly-line education in some of our larger institutions, where we are not teaching but training to fulfill certain specific jobs in the economic life of our nation, is a part of this same pattern.”

Ronald Reagan 1957 Commencement Address at Eureka College

It’s still true: “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.”

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