GPC and Me: A Match Made in Heaven

By Jack

The role of a government in its most pure form is to serve the demands of all it’s people. Because any developed civilization has a diverse population, there is bound to be vast differences in the needs of any country’s people. The government is in place to provide the basic needs of any society, such as the availability of medical, transportation, and recreational services, and protecting the rights of it’s people. However, as a society grows, so does the population, and a rise in the needs of new individuals with new demands.

One major issue with any government is that humans are running it, and I believe that humans are inherently greedy. Since humans make up all government systems the risk and reality of corruption is present. I claim boldly that I believe greed is a fundamental principle of animals in nature and therefore of natural order. Animals put the wellbeing of themselves and their families highly above other species, but they also put their well being over those of their own kind.

Because of the human inability to care for their neighbors equally as themselves, government can never be a perfect system. However, given my understanding that greed is just the way it is, I think our United States government is running pretty damn well.

Here’s a scary graph:


From 2007 to the last shown date on this graph, 2014, there is a clear upward trend in distrust for government. This graph shows that either government as corruption is growing, so peoples understand of this corruption is growing as well. Or, people’s distrust is growing, though possibly for another reason, such as inaccurate portrayal of government in the media, or general economic challenges making people less trustful.

Taking this class helped me realize how difficult it is to create, maintain and sustain a government. I can say I now know that It is the job of both the government and its people to routinely perform checks and balances to account for the inherent greed of the people.

Once the fundamental greed and self-motivated action that dominates far too many of our species minds is more understood and brought to light, I think a wave of a more honest society could follow, despite our genetic predisposition..

Of course we can’t disregard the things government is good at doing, at least in this country, such as creating roadways and maintaining them, sewage disposal, education (debatable but at least it is present) and having a variety of services to promote the people. In conclusion, the government has room to become far less greedy, whether that’s through a stricter application process for candidates of political positions or any other means, something should be done.

Oh what’a joy to have taken this class: 

The most meaningful moment this class offered me was created because I was taking the class, but manifested itself in Bend, Oregon. I was up at the mountain with two friends. We had enjoyed a full day of snowboarding in magnificent powder that afternoon. My two dear friends  and my friends family sat down to dinner, our “after mountain buzz” (my friends dad reassured me the strange sensation I was experiencing is actually a thing) gave way to political conversation because our minds raced for the continued excitement. And what better topic to discuss at dinner with people you don’t know that well, right? Right! The conversation was great and turned out to be educational as well. We were all sitting around and the topic of voting came up. The adults at the table asked if I was 18. After telling them I was, my friends dad asked me who I was planning on voting for? “No one!”

“No one? Part of the benefit of living in a democratic society is that we have the ability to have a say in who represents us. For too long people have been oppressed. Don’t lose focus on the importance of having a say even when the possible candidates suck, because one of them is going to go into office so you might as well have a say in who will be the best, sucky candidate.” I laughed and agreed, and I still do. I learned that day the importance of having a say, and what my friends dad said really resonated with me. So thank you GPC for giving me an interest to talk about pressing issues with more people.

My time in GPC was exciting and meaningful. I came to this class each day excited to get something out of that day, and I always did. Some days how I best learned and grew was by listening to the multitude of intelligent people who always had something to say. Other days I benefited from speaking, and I was often met with more questions and a growing conversation. This class showed me sides of arguments I had never heard, kept me informed about current events and provided a space for discussion of these events.  Most of all, it offered a lot of fun.


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