I Must Give Myself So I Can Stand Myself
I suddenly realized something today and I truly believe it will change my perception in a way i never before thought possible. What I feel has happened is I have a taken a large step in my understanding of human nature and why the world works the way it does. You see, for a long time I have studied the philosophical positions of many great minds, both from my time and before, and I have always appreciated aspects of each of them but at the same time, seen major holes that I could not ignore. Now with all that in mind, I continued to study, to search for a view that coincided with my own feelings deep in my heart. What has happened today is I realized that there is an underlying aspect of my research that I have long ignored and in doing so, have crippled my ability to find what I was searching for in the first place.
What I learned is this. For human beings to get past the issues that challenge us, for us to achieve even greater things as a race, I think virtually anyone out there would agree there needs to be a higher level of unity. My mistake centered around this unity. You see, I generally thought that, underneath the heated passion that usually defines the debates over policy in the world, there was a goal of a world that would provide a level of happiness for everyone. I know that dreaming of a utopia for everyone might be a little far-fetched, but then again why wouldn’t humans want a world where everyone has at least the basics or a certain level of happiness? Well I don’t have an answer for why they wouldn’t, but that is what I have realized. Not only do most people want happiness for themselves and their family, but they also want that happiness to exist at a higher level than their neighbor. It’s almost as if human beings take pleasure in the suffering of others. Not in the sense that they would willingly hurt another person, but instead a feeling of superiority is needed and if it isn’t there then something must be wrong.
I will continue to voice my views and if I sound foolish, well then at least I can have pride that I truly support unity, even if it means that sometimes I have to compromise. What I will no longer do though, is pander to views that have no moral or ethical base. This may wind up leaving me alone in aspects of my life but at least I’ll be able to stomach looking at myself in the mirror.