by user Journeyman
An imaginary conversation between two civilizations
Take a look here, we have this setup we call democracy where you choose your leaders and they have some kind of responsibility to do what you elected them for. You also get to change your mind every four years and put new ones in in case the old ones get too comfortable. Sounds ok, doesn't it?
You can't make me.
OK, look at this. We have this thing here we call tolerance and equal justice under the law, where it's not supposed to matter what religion you are or what color. The system is supposed to treat you the same. Different people don't get in each others' faces to make them all be the same. To be honest with you, we're still working on it, but we think it's a nice idea. What do you think?
You can't make me.
OK, you guys are living under a tough guy leader who doesn't want you to have any of this stuff. Aren't you tired of being treated like somebody's property? We'll come in and do the hard work to kick this guy out if you'll pick up some of the slack. Just between us, it will be messy, but it was messy when we did it back in 1776 and it wasn't pretty in France either. Nobody exactly knows how to do this, but we'll figure it out as we go if everybody's willing. Think of the long run. What do you say?
You can't make me. You can't make me. You can't make me.
Anything worth having is difficult to get. Anything worth having has a cost.
However much we may want to help someone, to share our viewpoint, to distribute the benefits of what we are sure is good... only the receiver of the sharing can pay the price and bear the difficulty.
There is no easy alternative way for them to receive and "own" those good things other than sacrifices THEY undertake.... and then only if they desire these new things and are ready for them.