Is our government too big? I don’t mean in terms of programs, budget, sheer numbers of people, etc. I mean in terms of being able to see the whole picture, in terms of keeping the welfare of the entire country front and center in its mind (if government can be said to have a mind, but you know what I mean).
Call me myopic, but I think the major problem with our government (and not coincidentally with our educational system, our health ‘care’ system, our banking and insurance system, many of our large corporations, etc.) is that they are too big. In government, our representatives have lost the ability to see and the will to work for what is best for the country as a whole. In education, schools are turning out students who can’t think creatively or critically but who can pass the state tests (and don’t get me started on why graduating seniors have to be able to pass an exam that that tests only to the level of 9th grade). In health care, drug companies can’t afford to develop much needed medications because the ROI is too low or too risky in the first place. Do I really need to say anything about our banking and insurance systems? In those businesses and others, our leaders have allowed themselves to be committed to next quarter’s growth at the expense of long-term viability.
Why do we have all these problems? Because people are no longer part of the equation. When people disappear from view, all sorts of aberrations become rationally justifiable. And people disappear from view when things get too big.
Buddhists say everyone has been our mother and our father. How would we treat each other if we could see each other that way?