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The path to nowhere

There's obviously meaning to human existence, but it eludes us. We fashion utopias. In the Greek lexicon, utopia means nowhere, imagined places, happy destinations perceived differently through different cultural lenses. Medieval Europeans relied mostly on Christian faith until 1600-1750. Then philosophers imagined something different. Rather than divine intercession to save the faithful, men of the Enlightenment relied on Greek science and telescopes to imagine an orderly universe operating according to natural law--law created by God, but left to man to discover. Adherence to natural law would assure man's entry into God's kingdom on Earth.

Around 1800, kings and nobility supported by the church fell to revolutionary market classes inspired by the Enlightenment. Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and John Locke's Two Treatises of Government proclaimed the free market and private property to be natural law, the old testament to current marketeers. More recently, F.A. Hayek's Road to Serfdom and Milton Friedman's Capitalism and Freedom provided a new testament, which elevates commodifying the planet and its creatures in order to enrich oneself at the expense of others among its highest virtues. Donald Trump exemplifies those virtues made flesh to his political disciples in Congress.

But the neoliberal utopia fares badly in the face of global warming and ecological implosion. It assures man's demise, rather than his salvation. We need a more thoughtful path to nowhere, one that addresses the green apocalypse on the horizon. Otherwise, in the words of John Donne, "Ask not for whom the bell tolls ..."

DAVID SIXBEY

Flippin

On kids having kids

Every day we see a child being born to teen parents. Some of these teens cannot spell sex. Most of the young boys that father a child are not ready to be a father. They forget their partying days are over once you become a parent. It also seems most of the teen parents think they can dump their kids on their parents and go out and continue partying. Once you have a child, you are an adult, and you should not put your kids in your parents' house. Just remember sex is not a plaything.

My husband and I have been married 61 years. I never wanted kids with but one man, and I made up my mind at a very young age that my kids would have one father. I am the oldest of 13 kids. I saw what my mother went through trying to raise kids by herself. When a young girl gets pregnant, the young man should not run like a jackrabbit to the next girl; he needs to be taught to be a man and take care of his responsibility. My mother never went on welfare; she made all her kids work.

Young people, get a good education and take care of your kids. Remember, if you can't spell sex, do not try it.

JULIA RANDLE

Jacksonville

Editorial on 12/02/2019

Print Headline: Letters

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