"It is more important to allocate money for immediate, existing social problems than to spend it on long-term research that might help future generations."
In this contradictory era of pleasure and pain, loyalty and treachery, joy of life and fearof future, which arise a considerable of problems government has been bored by. No matter how serious and urgent one aspect turns out to be in a certain period,government is supposed to call for a balance between allocating money for immediateproblems and spending it on long-term research when making budget.
To be responsible for current citizens, government should solve those existing socialproblems, such as unemployment, illiteracy, and social crimes, in order to oil the socialmachine. To some extent, increasing the amount of jobs may get more benefit thanitself, because it is a way to release social pressure and dissatisfaction of thoseunemployed workers who may eventually become a ticklish factor to society.
Additionally, illiteracy is to society as the shortest baffle is to a cask. And it could donothing but lengthen the shortest baffle to the same length as the other baffles if morewater is supposed to be poured in this cask. As a malignant tumor, social crimes do harm to the economy and security of our society and, in some cases, is a potential fuse especially when there is an internal or external opposition to the government, so, to keep society stabilized and booming, government has to pay more attention to social crimes.
If not, citizens may feel under peril and lose confidence to the ruling class. As a result, for saving money, the government is bogged down in Sargasso Sea of troubles.Nonetheless, the governors are not born only for today’s people. That is to say,another significant and meaningful responsibility of government is to try its best to supply our posterity a society that consists of people who are well educated and obtain a desirable job or career, less juvenile crime and drug, and stable economy. As
H.W.Beecher pointed, “We should so live and labor in our time that what came to us as seed may go to the next generation as blossom, and what came to us as blossom may go to them as fruit. This is what we mean by progress.”It is true that long-term research could not give out an immediate value, for example,how to afforest a wasteland, but we shouldn’t be so narrow foci and misprize the real value normally coming up in about decades or more. “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards”, said by Kierkergaard. The phrase “be lived forwards” here, in this case, means digging out the profit in future, the same as futures. Although no one knows whether or not the future is in concord with what we expect, we still could invest in it based on a pile of wide investigation and a cogent demonstration rather than a gambling.
Simply put, without spending money on immediate and existing social problems, our society cannot keep flourish and robust. Without investing on so many long-term researches, we will live no guarantees and aimless. Therefore, to ensure the stability and health as well as lasting development of our society, spending money on immediate social problems and investing on long-term researches weigh the same.