"If all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.” - Biologist Jonas Salk
Yes i can be selfish and think about myself,but i do help others in my jobs and that's a huge plus.
No worries. You have a good day
Though I agree that many are selfish and spent most of their lives consuming. There is a very large number of people who give of themselves everyday in was that often go un noticed.
Besides doing for my family and my friends I volunteer at an animal shelter when ever possible. I try to live as green as reasonable. Make do with with I have. Re purpose many things we have. Many people do these things as well because they desire all the same things.
Yes there are a lot of takers out there. There always will be. This only becomes a problem when the takers out number the givers. Our current sociopolitical status has become an enabler of the taker. And we are very much feeling it's effects.
btw, what did you do for others today?
No question we need to turn the table, but it's not easily down with out a majority consensus that there is actually a problem. Too many people think this (current status quo) is the right normal. This is because we as a society have become obsessed with wrongly placed compassion which allows for those who could do for themselves find it easier not to. I'm afraid the only way to reset this mentality is going to be only through catastrophic things like huge economic and infrastructure failure. In essence it has become a mind set that in the majority people expect things to always be in place. No longer can many fend for themselves breading a dependency on others and government. how many people can start a garden least have garden..
Don't fret over having not doing anything yet. I have confidence that you'll find something in your day to give back.
All depends on what is perceive to be clear and righteous. These terms are often loaded with selfish indignation and imposed morals that place limitations on rights and freedoms. I believe in a more balanced world. A direct effect sort of thing where considerations of all things are a personal must before action is taken and when wrong actions are taken (adverse and definitive effects that limits an others personal rights and freedoms). Arbitration must include the established and "inalienable" rights of all.
Exactly! the only stumbling block comes when we start to define morals. I think you and I both agree what they are and are good and necessary for a stable, safe and secure society. To walk morally, I first think of "The Golden Rule" ~ always treat others as you would want to be treated. So unless I'm a Masochist (which I am not) those I great each day I think I treat pretty good. lol Thank you for a great exchange.
So true! I'm not sure of any one "grandiose" book such as you speak, perhaps it's being written and coming soon to a book store near you! lol. When we look around though, there are scatterings of writings on our behavior in areas of "morality" void of religion (atheism) but, these writings tend to be void of judgements. For example, "Politically Correct" which, is being pushed by those who have a belief that emotions should never be offended, claim that judgements are discriminatory and goodness will come from watering down or removing every word that "could" be upsetting making judgements on activities that could harm or individual or society a negative and to be avoided. Atheism as it appears now, tends to muddy the water with the lack of want for definitive leadership and definitive judgement. The reality in enacting any "morality" we must discriminate. So if you ask me, there absolutely needs to be some form of discrimination, we have to know wrong from right and the requires it. But discrimination and judgments have been given bad names but the current and populous society. The reason I believe is that any time someone tries to impose a value, I.E. work, discipline, responsibility it rocks the boat of those who have not had these things in their life. Also by nature, some people will naturally seek the lowest common denominator that allows them not to have to make effort. To counter these aspects of humanity it takes a great leader. A person who can motivate the majority of people to desire to "read that book" to in fact want to better for themselves and to care for those who naturally can not. A task quite monumental in it's achievement and miraculous in it's ability to hold a unity in mankind.
If you have the where with all to put your thoughts to pen and paper I would encourage you to do so. It's a big world out there, but I think most are seeking truth. You will never know unless you try. I do know that "publishers" tend to go with what is marketable. Though I also have seen those things that hit home tend to go viral on YouTube. My recommendation, follow your heart and your hearts desires. Use what ever venue you think is apre'po for you to get your message out. You will always encounter cynics, you will do best to ignore them.
Do you think I have things "drilled" into my head? :)
Oh and for cynics, here's an ole' adage
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference."
I like thinking outside the box, (and people who do) unless It's raining outside my box and I don't have a rain coat! ;) Any way, I could never stop being a good person, (I'm not sure if it was drilled or just appeared naturally) but I don't think being good is being cynical. In fact I think they are opposites of each other. Cynics tend to not be well versed on ethics and will often play the I can't I won't game which leads to not always doing good or right.
I think you should take lotusfloats advice! I'd certainly contribute some of my wisdom! lol let me know when you do this.
You'd have to be a cynic not to! lol
Yes we have become a race of consumers. Humans will eventually make themselves extinct on this planet.
I realize the human race is human. Selfishness is a choice. I also see those who choose to help others, in spite of the selfishness.
Where your focus is, either reveals something within yourself.....depending on whether you are selfish or not.
No, did not ask you that nor would I ask you that. I was just saying that I see the selfishness but I also see the unselfishness that co-exists. I like to believe that people give the best they can but whether that is true or not, God only knows. I imagine everyone can see that selfishness exists. I think the unselfishness is more difficult to see because it is good.
Why would you think that I believe that? Otherwise, why not ask me what I believe needs to be done. What do you believe the solution is? Is this a part of your solution? If so, I see nothing wrong with it necessarily but seriously I am almost sorry I stopped to attempt a conversation. I am really seeing your point. Again, I have known that it exists. And what does it change whether you "want" the unselfish to co-exist with the selfish or not? Does your desire change anything for the world and how each person is or isn't? I would say, your choice to be unselfish is your best bet. I am not saying you aren't already, God knows, I am just saying that is the best place for everyone to start (if they want things to change).
Haven't you ever noticed when there is a catastrophe, the people seem to join together? It is true that calamity brings unity. Someone Great said something like this and it holds true today, don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Can you or anyone, by worrying, add a single hour to your life? Well can you?
Nope, again, not what I was saying at all. Maybe this will clear up what I was/am saying. Below is a link to a great place for you to actually do something. It is a place actually sponsored by EP. Look through the causes and pick one or two, and join them. Like many men and women already participating (see there are people who aren't selfish after all), you too can make a difference! http://www.causes.com/