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Monday, January 2, 2012

Decisions lead to consequences

I have small children. I have to teach my children how to function in society. To this end, I dole out consequences to my children multiple times a day: rewards for good choices, time-outs for bad choices. I have one kid who has spent hours in time-out rather than eat lunch -- food liked, not hated. Someday, hopefully soon, this kid will figure out that the consequence of not eating is misery and choosing to eat and then play will be more enticing.  The end goal will be that this kid, and all my kids, will understand that by making choices they are also choosing the consequences that accompany them. Drugs to addiction, for example. An unhealthy lifestyle to poor health, etc. You get the point.

On a different scale, we are reaping the consequences, nationally, of electing Barack Obama. We did not, collectively, give his a record a thorough study.  I am confident that he would not have won the majority of the vote, regardless of his race, had we researched his positions.

To undo the consequences we've chosen, such as continued high unemployment, high costs of living, no economic growth, Obamacare, etc. etc. etc. we MUST change course. WE must change course. WE must elect leaders who have sufficient character and moral fiber to put the country ahead of self.

There is a teaching in the LDS church about this along the more private vein, this issue of choices we make and their consequences. Here is one example, from the second counselor to prophet and president Thomas S. Monson.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught:
“Small errors and minor drifts away from the doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring sorrowful consequences into our lives. It is therefore of critical importance that we become self-disciplined enough to make early and decisive corrections to get back on the right track and not wait or hope that errors will somehow correct themselves.
“The longer we delay corrective action, the larger the needed changes become, and the longer it takes to get back on the correct course—even to the point where a disaster might be looming.”

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