This is where you’ll find my world view–my view of what’s right and what’s wrong in this wonderful, but sometimes distressing, world of ours. Please add discussion–give me your thoughts!
1. Our basic need is to live. That’s what every single creature on this Earth desires more than anything else. It is ingrained in us–to survive. All other things come second; things like eating, sleeping and perpetuating our species. We want love, recognition and more comfortable surroundings. We want entertainment, pleasing thoughts and things that bring these thoughts to our minds.
Sex, gluttony, desserts, sleeping in, accolades, riches and luxuries should be at the very bottom of our lists, if on them at all.
But sometimes our values get turned upside down. When they do, those things that should matter least in life get in the way of other folks’ basic needs. That’s what’s happened in this world. It started when man became something more than an instinctive animal–basically, when man became man.
At the same time, that’s what makes us different from animal. We have the ability to choose what we do. If we realize it’s wrong–that it’s hurting or otherwise negatively affecting other people–we can choose not to do it, or to do it in a way that doesn’t cause trouble for others. Or, even better, we can do this thing in a way that benefits other folks, as well.
Elaborate? Modify? Amend? Disagree?
2. So you see from above (#1) that my basic beliefs are somewhat liberal when it comes to what people do–that is until it affects other folks in negative ways. That’s when my view shifts to a more conservative angle.
I don’t care what you do, but don’t inconvenience people who aren’t getting in your space. If they’re not bothering you, don’t bother them. Think about what you’re going to do and, if it inconveniences someone else, either don’t do it or do it in a way that won’t interfere with them.
Don’t screw with someone else unless you want to get screwed back. I’m convinced that this is a “what goes around, comes around” sort of world. Sooner or later, we will reap what we sow.
That said, mess with me, or someone I care for, or people I’m sympathetic to: expect to get messed with two-fold in return. This should be the way of our justice system as well: intentionally hurt someone, punishment should be getting hurt twice as bad back. Do I even need to mention the death penalty, here? Okay, I understand everything isn’t cut and dried. Innocent people have been executed, some perpetrators were victimized first, etc. But, when it is “cut and dried,” give ’em the ax!
I’d love to hear your comments. Maybe you’ll reinforce my view, or maybe you’ll shine some light on a different perspective that will influence me in a surprising way.