Police say a Detroit-area woman who collected welfare benefits despite winning a $735,000 lottery prize has died of a possible drug overdose.
Ecorse police Sgt. Cornelius Herring confirmed that 25-year-old Amanda Clayton was found dead about 9 a.m. Saturday at a home in the community southwest of Detroit.
Another person given money without work hated life so much she killed herself trying to numb herself into a stupor.
What is the moral of the story? You can’t help people by giving them money. It is a counter-intuitive lesson that leftists are unable or unwilling to learn. Happiness is in striving. In fact, struggle and strife are at the center of all lives well lived. When you are given the necessities of life without strife, you become lazy and indolent. You become selfish and lose track of the real sources of happiness.
In fact, failure after great effort is more satisfying and conducive to happiness than success without effort or toil. We exist to strive and it is at the core of our nature to struggle to survive. When that requirement is removed, life loses meaning and happiness is imposible.
How many lottery winners or unjustifiably wealthy celebrities die in this manner? They have fabulous wealth yet they feel the need to dull reality with narcotic induced semi-consciousnesses.
In its effort to give the necessities of life to a growing portion of the citizenry, the government removes the need of people to struggle and strive. In exchange, they impose dependency upon them. In this way, the modern welfare state steals the means of happiness from entire generations. It undermines families and community anchor institutions. It imposes the hopelessness that causes lottery winners to kill themselves with mind altering drugs.
The welfare state is a pusher of despair and America is, increasingly, a nation of junkies.
This is how nations fail.