Nature maintains her balance through a rigorous process of selection and elimination. To attempt placing moral judgements on a natural process would be silly and pointless. To declare that nature is cruel is sentimental nonsense. The process of birth and growth, corruption and death, is so elemental that even a dull mind might appreciate Natural Law manifesting in a physical universe. Even an amateur naturalist recognizes that the struggle is necessry to maintain the natural order, to ensure the overall health of the system. The dynamic at work is so rudimentary, we can call it self-evident without ever taking it for granted.
Man sometimes intrudes on the natural order with his good intentions. Nature will have none of it. Her systems are self-correcting with or without the intervention of humans. In the natural world, it is always hunting season. Man attempts to increase the numbers of a herd by means of predator control, only to see nature knock back the numbers through disease and malnutrition. Even when man reduces a species to the point of extinction, nature will find a means to correct the imbalance.
How is it that humans so frequently fail to honor Natural Law in their own affairs? A famine comes to Africa because too many people are attempting to support themselves on marginal land. Our sentimental impulse is to send aid to the starving. We are able to save thousands who would otherwise perish. And what have we accomplished by this violation of the natural order? Only to ensure that the next famine is even larger, and its affects more extreme. We must have the courage to honor a natural process even as it cuts against the grain of our humanitarian impulses. To do otherwise is to inflict massive cruelty on our fellow human beings. I can hear the cries of altruists already: Monster! But then, objectivism is not for the faint of heart.
What applies to Africa applies also to America. Why do we enact legislation designed to mitigate the poverty of our perpetual underclass? When the struggle is removed, the unfit multiply. We compound the problem by letting these creatures breed indiscriminately and without penalty for their behavior. Is it any wonder that the forty year war against poverty is a failure? The pathologies associted with the underclass multiply, as well, filling our prisons with the poor and the ignorant. Why? Have you ever heard a police officer ask a criminal, “Why didn’t you think about it ahead of time?” The question, of course, is merely rhetorical. Those with limited intelligence do not, nor cannot, anticipate the consequences of their actions. Their behavior is reactive, always after the event. They are like pool balls, racked about by forces beyond their control or comprehension. Life is a mystery, and often a misery as well. It is cruelty to subsidize the underclass in ways that guarantee the perpetuation of poverty, pathology and crime. For our social system to remain healthy, failure must be an option.
The error in socialist thinking is the belief that humans should not have to struggle. Even when not stated explicitly, the socialist believes in his heart that life should be easy. I see it everyday amongst educators who believe that children learn through play, as if mathematics and language can be mastered through some system other than the hard application of mental effort. The result is failure, but this does not deter true believers. The socialist believes that government should always stand ready with programs to mitigate against failure. At this point the population begins to succumb to a condition of absolute decadence. Idleness, indiscriminate fornication, and drug use proliferate. Public morals begin to decay. Ever lower standards of public conduct become acceptable. Patriotism seems passe. The rot becomes systemic, leading ultimately to the collapse of civilization. But this is part of a natural process, no?
Once we recognize that struggle is necessary for a healthy society, as it is in nature, we can make the appropriate adjustments in national social policy. Failure must be left open as an option. We must find new challenges and devote our energies toward ever greater achievement. How about the conquest of the solar system for a start? Utopian ideas must be denounced as the day dreaming of lotus-eaters. Social Darwinism should be resurrected and debated. National military service should become mandatory as a method to promote personal discipline and love of country. The road we are on now is the path to certain ruin. We have embraced ideas that will lead to cultural suicide. The enemy is decadence. It is part of the natural order, the ebb and flow of a universe in constant turmoil. Only the human mind, and the application of human energy, can arrest the entropic process. Only genuine achievement can lead our nation toward spiritual renewal. Only the recognition that freedom must be renewed with each passing generation by a blood sacrifice, can we hope to retain our liberty.
I would like to claim such truths to be self-evident. But decadence has a way of blinkering the masses. Let history judge my words. I am immune to the criticisms of lesser minds. If I have become a monster in your eyes, so be it. Truth arrives in the middle of the night as a revelatory experience. If you do not know the process, you cannot judge the experience. I am warning those with ears to hear that we can suffer an absolute fall. It is the abyss. Then you will know cruelty beyond your worst nightmares. But such a situation will be, as per Natural Law, ultimately fertile soil for renewal. It always is, always has been, and always will be. The natural order of the universe cannot be altered. Be content with it. Stand outside at night and peer into the cosmos and know that the Creator has constructed a system of absolute perfection. Know also that you are a child of the universe with a role to play. You have volition. You are a player in a cosmic drama. Choose well.