April 07, 2009
Don't freeze me, bro!
Bill Whittle recalls one of life's early lessons on charity.
There was a time, in my twenties, when I was very poor. I have sat silent in an apartment, shades drawn, silently waiting for the loud knocking of the landlord to go away. I have borrowed enough money to have to decide whether or not to restore the electricity, or the telephone. (And by the way, that decision is a no-brainer.) I have been that broke long enough to realize something about myself.(Via Glenn Reynolds.)
By refusing to fund him, Bill Whittle's friend was kinder than the government bureaucrats, because he realized that not allowing him to fail would do more harm than allowing him to fail.
Bill's resentment about being cut off, of course, was a natural reaction, and it reminds me of something one of my employers told me years ago:
"Eric, if you put $10.00 a day in a stranger's mailbox every day for 30 days, and then you walk by on the 31st day without putting in any money, you will not have made a friend; you'll have made an enemy!"Interestingly, if Bill Whittle lived in Michigan today, he might not have to worry about paying his utility bills. Under new legislation, it will be illegal for power companies to cut people's power off for nonpayment.
That's because some people have been known to freeze to death.
Why the man in this case didn't seek shelter or call an ambulance, I don't know.
Will they make it illegal for people to freeze in their homes?
That's no idle question!
I mean, even though it's April, the temperatures are still in the 30s and there's snow on the ground.
My thermostat is set at 64 and it's too damned cold. If I turn it up, why should I have to pay more money?
That strikes me as fundamentally unfair.
So why won't the government help me?
posted by Eric on 04.07.09 at 10:13 PM
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