To the editor:
(re: “Outraged? Here’s what you could, and should, do,” June 3)
In his Point of View, Ezra Friedlander indicated that the solution to our problem of prejudicial conduct is to vote.
What does voting have to do with right and wrong?
The issue in the western world is not a lack of voting, it is a lack of ethics. Ethical societies emanate consideration for their fellow man.
Voting has to do with creating laws, which deal with what is wrong, not what is right.
Primitive societies have few, if any, laws. They have ethics interwoven into cultural and religious practices that serve to sustain the community. Laws only become necessary in the absence of ethics.
Ethical values transcend the letter of the law. They serve as the basis for the spirit of the law. Organizations and societies can endure without laws, but they cannot long endure without ethics.
Western thought focuses on the self. It has little desire to propagate and preserve the community. It is selfish, self-centered, self-indulgent, and relatively devoid of ethics. It relies heavily on the establishment of laws to preserve itself.
From the earliest European Greeks, there existed a great dependency upon the law. Draco instituted a system of law based on an aristocracy. Solon developed a system of law in which eligibility for political power was based on wealth.
From Draco, to Solon, to Justinian, to Napoleon, the Europeans prided themselves on their legal institutions.
After a 2,000-year history based on law, when Europeans arrived in America, the Indians said of them, “white man speaks with forked tongue.” Indeed, he did, for the law is but a poor substitute for the masculine influence. The manly way is to let your “yes” be yes, and your “no” be no.
The law is for those who can’t live by that code.
The history of American Indian relations is one of fraud, deceit and broken promises at the highest governmental levels. It was devoid of ethics.
Ethics come from men and nowhere else. Men have abdicated their responsibility to women, children, the elderly, and the infirmed.
“We don’t need men anymore,” is the slogan of our society. We have created wimps, and society is breaking down at every level. Female depression and suicide rates are at an all-time high. Laws are being enacted to deal with the ensuing chaos.
These laws are failing. We already have the highest incarceration rate in the world with more than 2 million men in prison.
This society will end as described by the prophet Isaiah: “On that day, seven women will approach one man and say to him, ‘We will make our own clothes and provide our own food. Please marry us.’”
Most of the people alive will now see that day.
The wimp will be gone, and men who realize their responsibility to the family, tribe and race will strive to fulfill those obligations. It will be done with few laws and voting.