I just finished a post over at one of my other blogs (RedLetterLiving) about how Christians should quit spending their money and lavish structures and instead go about doing the work of Christ. That post immediately brought to mind the same thoughts for our public institutions. Why do we spend so much money on buildings that have little to do with the needs of our citizens?
One of my pastime activities is to visit State capitals. They vary greatly, but one thing that all have in common is that they are more show than function. Why is that?
Maybe if the US Congressional representatives had to work in a cubical instead of ornate offices, they wouldn’t want to make being an office holder a permanent occupation. They would then go back to their regular job after a term or two in office was over. I think half the problems we have with gridlock are because of lifetime membership for too many of them. 92% of elected office holders are re-elected each election. The founding fathers thought that serving would be a temporary thing.
I remember reading about how the early congressional sessions in the 1800s were much briefer than they are now because everyone wanted to get away from the squelching heat of Virginia summers. Maybe if we provided congress people with Quonset huts without air-conditioner, they might actually get something done. 🧐
I don’t know what it is about mankind that we think we have to be so showy in most everything? I’m more of a function person than one fixated on form.
And while we are at it, don’t put up any more statues around the capitals because sometime in the future people will realize that those people weren’t flawless and then tear them all down. So, why bother? 🙄