Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

It’s an old proverb with origins from Mid 17th Century England.  I like proverbs because they contain a kernel of commonsensical truth.  They are timeless…  and also not very modern.

Liberals like modern (they will tell you so)…  Conservatives tend toward the timeless (thus they appear “un-hip”)…  Each would interpret this proverb differently.  The modern view is fences are bad because they limit and discriminate.  The timeless view is fences are good because they protect and clarify.

Where am I going with this?  I got to thinking about this on my drive from Phoenix to California this past weekend. There are fences that stretch the entire 400-mile distance…  Really.

Why do we need fences in the middle of emptiness?  I thought because “Good fences, make good neighbors”.  Fences create boundaries.  Boundaries foster healthy respect for others.  Fences say, “This is mine, and that is yours…  please don’t take what’s mine.”  Fences don’t say, “You are not my friend, stay off my property”…  unless the fence is consistently and intentionally breached.

It’s simple human nature… when you take what is mine fairly earned, there is a fight.  When you respect what’s mine fairly earned, there is harmony.  Liberals today have become fence “breachers”.  When the modern idea of redistribution becomes the governing ethos, there will be a fight.  It’s commonsensical.  Not so for the modern liberal.  They have a better way…  no fences.  As they say, the road to hell is paved with so called good intentions.  (I could not resist :))) )

Test yourself to prove my point about timelessness.  How many of the following can you complete? 

  • Where’s there’s smoke…
  • The apple never falls…
  • A bird in hand…
  • Birds of a feather…
  • Haste makes…
  • Discretion is…
  • The early bird…
  • Don’t count your chickens…
  • He who laughs last…
  • Every dog has…
  • A leopard doesn’t…
  • Let sleeping dogs…
  • Make hay while…
  • Necessity is the…
  • An ounce of prevention…
  • A fool and his money…
  • People in glass houses…
  • What goes around…

Let’s hope this last one is true…  as the road to hell is not a good place to be.

AND…  Good fences… you get my point.

 

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