Letter: Socialism

May 10, 2014 

A friend made the statement that upon hearing the song, This Land is My Land, it awoke "the social awareness" in her. She now espouses socialism.

I have been reflecting on this for awhile. I, too, grew up with the same song. The message to me was a different one.

As a socialist, the "self" is put aside for the good of the "collective." In a social society, people do not "better" themselves over others. All are to be equal, except for those in authority. To own things, car, house, etc. or to have a higher education shows disrespect for the collective.

I have a sister who does social work and espouses socialism. These two are often brought together and are not the same. Social work is about the individual's right vs. society. Examples: wheelchair ramps, when able bodied people outnumber those in need.

Those who choose socialism should have the chance to live it as a collective where everything is shared evenly, house, car, money, etc.

As for the song, This Land is My Land, it has taught me about stewardship and not ownership.

RUTH NORMAN, Pasco

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