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GOALS - Are Governments A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing?

Charles Burke

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Three subjects are capable of igniting instant arguments. Two of them are religion and politics. So let's avoid them and talk about government instead.

Since this series of articles is about goals and how to choose worthy ones, what possible connection can government have with goal setting? First, in most developed nations of the world, half or more of the population will be working in some kind of government post. They'll be trying to do a job that (at least in theory) was set up precisely to help the citizens of that city, region or country.

If it's your goal to accomplish good in this world, you may be attracted to a government agency or ministry specializing in your chosen field. Interested in providing housing for the poor or elderly? There's a government agency for that.

Help the homeless? Care for the emotionally disadvantaged? Those are worthy goals, and most countries have official organizations dedicated to addressing those problems.

A relative of mind worked for the US tax office for many years and always tried to help those who came through her section. Eventually, however, she realized that she was a round peg in a square hole. While she was trying to help, most of her co-workers had an entirely different mind-set. The “us-against-them" thinking of most of those she worked with finally led her to resign and open her own private consultancy. Now she's free to provide far more help than when she was employed in the agency commissioned to do that job.

Government. There are so many different possible forms. And each one has good arguments in its favor. Unfortunately, they mostly remain just that - arguments. They sound good when discussed in the vacuum of a classroom, but often fall short in application because they're staffed by. . . humans, with all their frailties and limits.

So if you have a goal to accomplish good in the world, and you believe an arm of the government is the best way to go, make sure you hitch your wagon to a vehicle that can get you there. Some agencies are more effective than others.

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