I want to put some quotes up here that I feel are appropriate for my 3rd party input on a lot of things.
Take them any way you would like:
"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." ~Albert Einstein
"Lives, like money, are spent. What are you buying with yours?" ~Roy Williams
"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." ~Annie Dillard
"Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I would like to open this up with this statement. Think of me what you will, for I write for the purpose of expression, for the need to express my thoughts to anyone who is willing to submit themselves to my essays for a couple of minutes. I don't write for your pleasure or for your purpose; I am not a tool to your society or your ways of life. I am a man of my own creation, and from that I can give you my opinions on what I feel anything about. Whether you agree with me or not, I don't care. Whether you see my points or choose to regard them as impossibilites or stupidity, I don't care. Take from what I write as you will, but understand that if you become angered, it is your own doing that has submitted you to what you don't want to hear. I close that introduction with that point.
I find looking back at things funny, almost as funny as looking around and catching up with people I have chosen to leave behind in the past who have also chosen themselves to get left behind (Think of that what you will). Whether you have been left behind or not doesn't mean I care / don't care about you, because frankly if you cared / didn't care, you would have shown so with your actions.
Confusing? What that means in the most basic terms is that if you haven't been left behind, I may care for you as a friend or I may just talk to you because it's what we do. Most are the former. If I have been left behind, may I don't really care because you also show no care for the fact that you have also left me behind.
Blah blah. I think you get that point. But I love to see the irony of individual's falling into the pitholes of society, becoming prey to the traps that 'friendship', 'love', 'anger', and 'hatred' created during the course of human existence.
Why do humans actually care for other humans? Is it something within our genes that initiates the release of certain hormones that control our emotions? Could it be something developed through the nurture that each of us recieves from our environment? Perhaps it is either, or maybe neither.
Can I answer either of those questions? No. I don't have my Psychology Degree just yet, but I plan to place my studies around such questions if I am to pursue this calling of mine.
But I can say that I find human interaction and logic interesting. I love justifications that people give, both privately when they discuss things with me in anger or utter calm, or given publicly for the world to see. In some cases, I can see the logic on both sides and each has a valid point. In others, there is no question to the degree that one side is correct. But that is a personal opinion on my part, which rarely adds up to anything with the wrong side.
Do I care, frankly? No. None of my business until I get dragged in by both sides. Even then, I don't have to make it my business. And if I'm as vague as possible in articles like these, I may bring up vague examples. Sadly for you all, they're from several different experiences I've had stuck into one general subject. Congratulations though for attempting to apply my writing to yourself. It means I'm making you think.
I've realized that one psychological theory is justified in almost every conversation that one takes part in, unless it is a truely purposeless discussion such as "Hello", "******** you", or "Monkey", although some do serve this theory.
This theory is called the "self-serving principle", and the more that I hear it mentioned the more I compare it to everything I see on a day to day basis. My friends, the self-serving principle (known here-after in this article as the SSP) could be considered a truth.
When one attempts to justify their actions, logically or illogically, anything they use to justify themselves and the simple attempt to justify oneself serves the individual's SSP. Attempting to assist others may also serve for the assisting individuals SSP; genuine reasons or malicious, though, who can say?
I want to leave you with this thought, because I'm on a library computer since my laptop fried a circuit during break and I do have things that I eventually need to do (this whole sentence was a subtle example of venting, reinforcing the SSP). Why is everything about you? Why is everything about me? Why is nothing about purely the collective, but instead about what you get from the collective?
Why do individuals feel that abandoning all of their friends and allies serves them positively? When bad things happen, who will they have to turn to? The answer is no one. Those individuals have already turned those old friends against them, and they'll take pleasure in the individuals' downfall.
Why do individuals feel that they need to prevent someone's imminent downfall? Is it really because they care for the person, or is it in the assister's best interest to prevent their downfall for their own reasons.
Why is the question, isn't it.
What's the answer?
- Title: Reflections on Life
- Artist: Zachary Dellinger
- Description: I wrote this a long while back. It was directed to a couple of friends of mine directly, but I kinda like how I wrote it. While the beginning won't apply to a lot of people, hopefully I put points in there that will make everyone think.
- Date: 05/06/2009
- Tags: reflections life