“Start with yourself” - inspire or demand?

Surely, everyone noticed that by a certain kindarticles or topics on the forums have entire threads of discussion from the series, “what did you do yourself”, “who are you, start with yourself”. Observing similar verbal battles on our blog, I made one very unexpected conclusion: presenting “start with yourself” in such a format is the same extreme as “everyone owes me”, and in general it doesn’t make sense. Interestingly, I alone think so?

I clarify right away that these are only my conclusions, I do not impose my point of view. Let's try to figure it out together.

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All duties are in the law

Look here. Once upon a time, people gathered for a general council and organized a state. So it’s easier when everyone has a certain role: one is an ordinary citizen, the other is following the order (all professions are needed, all professions are important (c)). In addition to the fact that the roles were distributed voluntarily (no one forced to go to the police / social protection / duma), a set of rules was adopted, or in our laws. Accordingly, the rights and obligations of each citizen of a country are spelled out in the law and the Constitution, and in fact are signed by each of us.

Hence the main conclusion - any person.is obliged to do only what is written in the law and nothing beyond it. After all, we ourselves once agreed on this. Therefore, if suddenly Vasya ceases to act according to the law, then to whom should the complaints be sent? Vasya or Pete, who passed by and spoke? As a rule, those who shout the most about “start with yourself” bring down all their squall of indignation at Petya, who simply expressed an opinion (or even, oh God, demanded) that Vasya broke, then he should be brought to justice . No, for some reason, to talk about violations of other people and demand only to live according to the law, it becomes taboo. Much more fashionable, screaming at every corner, you need to start with yourself. Vasya litter? So be silent, do not demand anything, collect Saturday work and remove Vasin garbage. That is how a civil position should manifest itself! :)

And only if you have a lot of regalia,you collected a dozen subbotniki, built a couple of shelters for pets, you are a volunteer in an orphanage, then only our patriotic public will allow you to demand something. And just an honest life according to the law does not give such a right. Do not roll it, alas.

Honestly, this attitude causes medeep bewilderment. At first, people agreed, drafted the Constitution, signed it, and now for some reason some have the right to violate it, while others should not buzz and rake others. How so?

About taxes

Still moving about taxes. What are they all about? Like, taxes that we all pay are not enough to pay the police, medicine, and so on. Do you offer to pay on top of this? So you propose to break the law? Are you ready to pay more? Or offer to introduce a tax on the "requirement"? You want to demand something, pay additional tax.

There is a state, there are structures thatdetermine the rate of income tax and other contributions. Surely, if we have such a rate, then it is enough for the police, for taxes, and for benefits for disabled children. Otherwise they would have made another bet, is it not logical? The problem is, after all, that part of the funds goes to the wrong destination, that's all.

"Start with yourself" can only be recommended

To make it clearer, I will state my position. So, I myself also advocate "start with yourself." Yes, we must do something, we must write to the authorities, we must greet our neighbors, we must solve parking problems and improve access roads. But you must understand that it must be voluntary! This can not be demanded from anyone! It is impossible with every expression of discontent, spread rot to another person with “and what have you done.” Yes, he is not obliged to do anything, he is not obliged! For this, there are other people who also voluntarily assumed obligations, went to this work, nobody forced them. Therefore, to express dissatisfaction with the violation of the law can and is legitimate, but to demand "start with yourself", in fact, impossible. Here is such a paradox :)

Naturally, nothing wrong with what you do.something above and beyond the law (subbotnik, helping other people), no, on the contrary, it’s very, very cool. But! “Start with yourself” should be, in my opinion, purely recommendatory in nature, it’s something voluntary. In the end, it is necessary to inspire this! And do not require, you know the difference? It is much more efficient. And here we must understand that everyone has the right to refuse voluntary work. For example, I now have a desire, but now I have all the power left for my son and work. Therefore, the maximum that I can do is walk occasionally through instances when our personal interests are hurt (and then I write small instructions on the blog - 1, 2), and also distribute free things that we do regularly. Somehow they wanted to stir up a clean-up day in the Butovo Forest, but they didn’t pull the organization by time.

P.S. To summarize, forcing (heh, what a strange word) everyone to live honestly and abide by the law, we will get a completely different country and state. How realistic is a completely different question. Therefore, I would suggest to go in two ways: to voluntarily fight offenders of the law (even spreading information) and inspire others to do good deeds.

Is there a mistake in my logical reasoning?

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