Thursday, April 29, 2010

Something For Nothing, Or Bad Metaphysics Leading To Bad Economics

Quick thought: In deciding that Thomas Aquinas is 800 years wronger than we are, we've rejected (for no good reason that I can discern) his completely rational arguments for God, which are of the general form "Not all beings can receive being (or change or motion) from another. There must exist a necessary being, an uncaused cause, an unmoved mover, and this we call God." We need pay no attention to such as Dawkins and his fanboys, when in a fit of what can only be described as philosophical autism, they exclaim, "Oh yeah, then what caused God?!?"

In rejecting Aquinas, we moderns implicitly believe in what can only be called The Ultimate Free Lunch. Should it be any surprise then, that having swallowed this bit of metaphysical insanity, that there should also be a widespread belief that each and every one of us can expect to be taken care of by our neighbor (with appropriate commissions paid to Important Government Middle Men)? Now, if everyone expects to be taken care of without actually working hard (I'm looking at you, Europe!) then whence comes the wealth by which anyone at all can be taken care of? This is the reason that socialism ultimately fails whenever and wherever it is tried.

There is No Free Lunch in this universe, and the quicker we get over the delusion that there is, the better.

1 comment:

Simka said...

If the gift of human life is not the Ultimate Free Lunch, I really can't think of what else is.