State of Mankind

A New Way Of Thinking

Agency And Freedom

The following is from a talk by Howard Hunter called The Law Of The Harvest.  If we look closely, this is not a right/left political speech, but an establishment of principle.  Once again, for those not of the LDS faith, I believe there is plenty here to contemplate without religious bias.  Only a small portion of Hunter’s words are quoted here.  I do encourage everyone to read the entire talk, found at:

Right of Free Agency

The right to own and control private property is not only a human right; it is a divine right.  We will be judged, if I understand the Savior’s teachings correctly (see Matthew 25), by how we use our property volutarily for the blessings and benefit of our Father’s other children.  President McKay continually teaches us that this right of free agency is our most precious heritage.  It is our greatest gift in this world and is to be valued even more than life itself.

If you deprive a man of his right to fail in the righteous use of his property, you also deprive him of his right to succeed.  If you remove from a man his right to “go to hell,” you likewise remove his free agency to go to heaven.  Satan’s entire philosophy is based on a “something for nothing” philosophy:  salvation without effort–a free gift.  This counterfeit doctrine was rejected by God our Father.  Our Elder Brother, Jesus Christ, accepted our Father’s plan and agreed to pay the infinite price to become our Savior and Redeemer and to show us the way back to the Father.  The way is often the hard way.  It is the Law of the Harvest.  It is the same basic law in the spiritual realm which the farmer must obey in the physical realm.  He plants in the spring and cultivates, waters, weeds, and nourishes the ground and its new life and then harvests in the fall.

Working on the Roots of Prosperity

…What is the real cause of this trend toward the welfare state, toward more socialism?  In the last analysis, in my judgement, it is personal unrighteousness.  When people do not use their freedoms responsibly and righteously, they will gradually lose these freedoms.

Let me illustrate:  If I, as an employer, in my policies and practices exploit my employees, I will either lose them and my business, or my employees will gather together and threaten to strike me.  They will strive to exercise an influence on the legislative process so that laws will be enacted dictating fair employment policies and practices, thus limiting my freedom to determine these things for myself.

If man will not recognize the inequalities around him and voluntarily, through the gospel plan, come to the aid of his brother, as outlined by Brother Romney, he will find that through “a democratic process” he will be forced to come to the aid of his brother.  The government will take from the “haves” and give to the “have nots.”  Both have lost their freedom.  Those who “have,” lost their freedom to give voluntarily of their own free will and in the way they desire.  Those who “have not” lost their freedom because they did not earn what they received.  They got “something for nothing,” and they will neither appreciate the gift nor the giver of the gift.

Under this climate, people gradually become blind to what has happened and to the vital freedoms which they have lost…

About all I could add is an emphasis on the statement that “Both have lost their freedom”, and that “people gradually become blind to what has happened and to the vital freedoms which they have lost”.  Is this where we are today?




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