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Selfishness, Justice, and Natural Truth

It seems to me that mankind is in a battle of power to dictate self serving laws, to understand an innate moral justice in its social mathematics, and while doing so mankind is trying to reconcile nature, free-will, and determinism. Is it possible authoritarianism can actually support a rational, reasonable, universal egalitarian system? And, finally, when we conceive of justice, are our ideas polluted by authoritarianism,or relatively tainted by the paradigm that inundates all our senses at the time in which we live? In this short essay, I will explore this pre-defined space.

I find it fascinating how alike humans really are. Every one of us, who functions properly has the ability to walk, talk, eat, sleep, breath, drink, and has the capacity to love, hate, kill, dream, learn, suffer and cry. In every way that matters in a survival sense, we are universally alike, and we had no choice in the matter. We emerged universally alike, and what is amazing, in all this universality there is still enough room for every single person on the face of planet earth to be deterministically different from the one next to them. Even further than that, every tree, rock, cloud, star, waterfall, apple, blade of grass, bird feather and organism big and small is different from any organism or structure that exists similar to it. Believe it or not, your individuality is determined. So how can one derive an idea of justice from such diversity?

I spoke of the universalities in which we share, and this is where justice is to be found. If there is to be a law, for all the people on our planet it should be legislated from the ground of the universal, not the particular. Every law that is written should facilitate the supply of food, water, and air, and provide shelter for every person on planet earth to sleep. If our goals are anything less than these, then we not only sell short those who are like ourselves, we negate ourselves in universality as we are universally like the ones we negate. Now, we should start seeing the symmetrical justice system emerging out of the beautiful diversity of nature. If we create systems with a universal utility as the core, then authoritarianism can be justified. If our systems truly are universal, then those who stand against them are self-centered, self-motivated, self-serving, and in the end will kill others in order to legislate their particular. The universal adherent is justified in segregating the recalcitrant autonomous essence that is at war with the greater good. When we know the natural truth, then we are justified in standing against those who oppose it. If they understand its universal goals, then to stand against it, is to stand for legislating your own particular as a universal. If the person stands against it due to ignorance, then they need to be educated until the frictionless system is apparent to them.

When one reads ideas like those I have presented in the previous paragraphs, the first inclination is one to violence. If one is ignorant of the universality, or has been standing against it unconsciously, then that person would have to have the strength to admit that they were wrong, or they would have to admit they were intellectually inadequate to have understood it before it was presented to them. Make no mistake, to overcome these paramount humiliations is the apex of wisdom in the mind of a remarkable man. To accept the devastation of ego that has to happen in order to admit that you were wrong, or ignorant takes incredible strength. Understand that the initial move to violence, is a move to hide failure, and is an unjust and irrational action based on ignorance, previous self-aggrandizement or both.

There seems to be a minority idea that education, calculation, and prudent planning are only for weak minds who do not “know” already. It seems there is an undercurrent of anti-intellectualism, and this undercurrent has also been present throughout history. So, are we to believe that a true moral justice can be attained, just by “feeling” like justice? Actually, basic justice can be understood at a simple level. We all understand, in a state where private property is conceptualized, that there is an act called “theft” in which a person takes something which does not belong to them. We do not have to be taught that directly, because it is indirectly taught to us in the everyday ways in which we live our lives. What everybody should understand, whether they be anti-intellectual or intellectual is that even that which we “feel” is that which is learned. You owe everything that makes up your existence to learning. There may be an arbitrary social equilibrium that anti-intellectuals pick as a cut off point, and a marker for over enrichment. They may choose to stop learning at the point in which they view the majority of people have stopped their learning also. They may decide to stop their learning at the path of least resistance. When they have learned enough to earn their survival rations, they will turn to carnal pleasure. Actually, there is no problem with that. They can still be good people, but where we run into a problem is when these same people stop their educations, then they continue on into complex ambitions, such as running a state, only they do not have the complexity of mind to make prudent decisions. Since it takes more education to know that you are not educated enough to handle a particular situation, the unprepared individual marches blindly and boldly into oblivion taking their constituents with them. International history, religion, sociology, economics, diplomacy, and trade are all issues that need to be understood clearly by a person who wants to immerse themselves in a leadership role. Just because a person “feels” like a president, does not mean it would be responsible for that person to be president. Studying the statistics and mathematics of the systems we live by can only help facilitate good decision making. There can be no arguing the truth of that point.

In order to understand justice completely, it seems like we have to be able to become a being that is something other than human, just for a short time, so we can overcome our biases, and be more objective. Each one of us is a product of the people that surround us, and our education and experience. This is why education is so important. As a common person, there is only going to be so much interaction afforded you in a lifetime. As a common person you will only meet a limited number of people. You will only see a limited number of scenarios, and all this information will make up who you are as person. The only way to break this limited feed, is to read about past people, past cultures, cultures and people around the world in the time you live. The mathematics of chemistry may help you make a decision about social morality. While tending a difficult social situation, you may come up with a mechanical polling gadget that can help you gather information. All aspects of education are supplemental and are tied together in an interwoven matrix of understanding. The time in which you live radiates the flavor of the matrix in which you reside, and which you derive your values of justice from. What is clear, the more you move toward universal morality, the more timeless the values you are upholding become. Though we are moving ahead at a rate that amazes the human mind, regardless of where we go, it will never be justified for a reasonable person to build a surplus of goods far outweighing his necessity, without concern for another who does not have his necessities met.

In conclusion, we should all be concerned about everybody on the entire planet. Suffering is being perpetuated because of greed, and lack of education. People all around the world are having children they cannot afford, passing disease they refuse to believe they have, killing innocent people for quantitative personal gain, collecting huge sums of wealth while others starve to death. The goal has to be control over wealth distribution, and we have to educate the poor. We have to take care of those who are suffering victims of tragic chance, but we have to educate those who are suffering by their own failures. What we clearly cannot do is go on thinking, “It is not my problem, it is their problem.” This selfish ethic cannot be allowed to go on.


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