— For Dummies

The “State of Nature”. According to some of the great Philosophers (notably Hobbes, Locke and Rosseau) all mankind share very similar traits in this state; however they differ with regard to the severity and certainly in their recommendations on how we successfully move out of this stage. But this is not a Monday morning Philosophy lesson geared at testing your familiarity with the ‘thinkers’; this is much simpler, citing only one point they all agree on. So, call it ‘Philosophy for Dummies’.

Human beings are singularly self-interested. They said it, now I parrot both the statement and the sentiment behind it. And the truth is there is so very much evidence to support this theory that it can ill be disproved! When given the choice between doing something that solely and greatly benefits someone else or doing something where the benefit to oneself is marginal at best, most choose the latter. It has gotten to the point where one would be wise to wait for a bit after being presented with the so-called gift of complimentary words or spectacular deeds, for the true motive behind same to present itself. And, it always does.

It is becoming a very telling and disturbing testament how far down the pole of (intended) human decency we are allowing ourselves to slide. The comfort with which we are moving through life, flitting from one direction to the next without objective or conscience, a sense of cooperation or morality, is frankly quite appalling. The blatant disregard for our fellow human beings must stop! And, not only when it affects us; not only when it looks cool to add our names and voices to a protest or a FB outrage!

Here’s the thing: the seemingly little things we do at home or on the street or at work – those little things that we think no one sees or that if they do, they merit minimally – those things are the things that point out your potential – your potential to do the bigger things; your potential as an asshole. Seriously. When your actions are dictated by self-interest, you place your needs and desires above all else; above everyone else. You determine that the other person is of lesser value – their needs subordinate to yours. My initial question is, “how dare you”? Who are you to infringe on someone else’s right to, well, anything? Just as I make room for you in the world, so too are you to do the same for me. And, not only when people are looking.

Rosseau, unlike the others believes that no man should be ruled by tyranny; we should all be guided by our own sense of morality. I agree with him; but to both him and myself I loudly say: “good fucking luck with that”! I firmly believe that if one has to be told to behave and constantly watched, the moment eyes are off of them they will revert to being who they truly are. You know – being faithful because your girlfriend/boyfriend/partner is always at your side (cock/pussy-blocking) vs. being faithful because your sense of morality and decency dictate that you do. That learned man and I believe that we should inhabit a world comprised of the latter.

Sometimes when I am very quiet, I think of the people around me and I realize how many, when given the opportunity to be bigger than they are, continue to remain small. I recognize that for so many, it is difficult to constantly do the right thing; because as I have said before, that requires both a decision and a commitment. People, look at all the foolishness happening around us: school shootings, terrorists (but, that may be redundant), abuse of any kind, diseases, wars – all of these started with a mere decision – someone, somewhere thought it was a great idea to indulge themselves; to exercise their will, desire and domination over someone else.

I’m tired. I will not be that girl that signs a petition or waxes eloquently on FB about the latest headliner; I will continue to be the woman that fights for what happens right here – in my home and yours; because that’s where (disregard, impatience, disrespect, humiliation, victimization, dominance, disgust) it starts.

4 responses to — For Dummies

  1. Deion

    So true on many levels but a very valuable lesson I learned a long time ago is that we are all not called to the same things along with freedom of choice being the the key here along with realizing that that very thing may be the action that causes another to then make a choice that in fact may be better for them or at the sacrifice of one for many others or millions .
    Black & white yes and no became very gray areas when in fact dealing with humans who are growing or evolving changing and learning new things about themselves or their lives daily some that sit well some surprising because ” I never would ” but then for some reason or exactly that reason they do .
    Right is right and wrong wrong
    Some mild like how you hold a fork and knife vs a man in a skirt or kilt
    Death by judge and jury or death by my hand because of !
    Didn’t know if I was to respond but this hit home for me on many levels because PRECEPTION of a person place or thing and assumption because of an action most times with no history or needed statement of why ” and folks decide they’re grown think what you want I know what it is”
    Or silence wow which can be seen as a negative or positive can be seen taken explained judged as a very right or wrong thing .

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  2. Let's AdDress This... – Author

    With all that valuable insight, you absolutely were meant to respond; thank you. I will continue to sit with my thoughts regarding this and will add yours to the equation. THIS is why I blog…to learn.


  3. JMGS

    Direct perception without the influence of interpretation is reality. One has to see “things” exactly as they are; arising due to a cause, always dependant and mostly relevant. Bear in mind also, that acceptable behaviors in one society are considered punishable crimes in others and there lies the conundrum. That which some find offensive lifts the same to martyrdom by others.

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  4. Let's AdDress This... – Author

    JMGS, thank you for your very thoughtful and thought-provoking insight. I very much appreciate both your time and thought. Indeed you are correct; I would be ignorant to not acknowledge and appreciate diverse culture-norms and customs. Thank you. Fury.


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