Friday, February 3, 2012

You Mean, If Regulations Are Used To Coerce Human Behavior, People Will Work Around The Regs?!

Why, that's never happened before in the course of human history!

LA school district lunch program spawns thriving junk food black market

I jest, of course.  It never works.  This particular program had "doom" written all over it.

That doesn't mean that institutions and government will cease attempting to control human behavior.  For example, look at this conversation currently taking place:

Sugar Should Be Regulated As Toxin, Researchers Say

The article includes this bit of wisdom sure to excite politicians of both parties:
"The researchers propose regulations such as taxing all foods and drinks that include added sugar, banning sales in or near schools and placing age limits on purchases."

When the Hebrews were in the wilderness, all God [and that's God, the only God, creator of heaven and earth] needed to give them were ten simple, easy to remember and understand commandments.  God let them work out the rest themselves.  With those ten simple rules for community and congregational behavior, they were able to claim the promised land.  When the Hebrews decided to add to the list, and to make the law so complicated that it needed a cadre of clergy/lawyers to decipher, they lost the promised land.  Repeatedly.  It took God's own son to embody the law to bring this destructive cycle to an end.

As for me, I'm not missing the boat with this prohibition.  I'm warehousing sugar and changing my name to "Lucky".  Or maybe "Bugsy".  When it's illegal, you'll know who to come to.