I was reminded by John’s blog of a sister and brother from Vietnam who used to help with the photography when John and I were working for the St. Mary’s Today.
They hated Communism, and, at first, I assumed that Communism, to them, was the local bugaboo, the bad thing that had hurt their country. But, no, they actually meant the economic system.
I thought they put their finger on what was wrong with it when they said: “Under Communism, all workers are paid the same. A lazy man gets paid the same as a man who works hard. So, no one works hard anymore.”
It reminded me of a conversation I had with John long ago, when I talked about how nice it would be if everyone was peaceful and put their weapons aside, and John said merely: what are you going to do in your peaceful society when I refuse? When I attack anyway?