Random Acts of Weakness
I generally disdain what I am about to do, but...it's so much more fun to be the critic sometimes. That being said...
Random acts of kindness are merely a compensation for a sense of powerlessness. What one feels in this universe of seemingly random and occasionally pointedly brutal events is that the world has it in for us. We've either suffered greatly, lost something important, or questioned our own faith. What these events bring us to- whether they be the loss of a loved one, the betrayal of our partner, or the ruthless abandonment of some authority figure- we are left to question the "greater purpose", the "meaning"...not only of our own life, but life in general.
This brings us to the conundrum: one has an option of any three possible paths. The first, we call "righteous," because of us it demands everything and promises no return. I prefer to call it the path of the weak. In this path, we choose to influence the course of events in life to the benefit of others, retaining nothing from this exchange (a misnomer for only one side gains) but a "warm, fuzzy feeling" of having accomplished something wonderful. We volunteer at the soup kitchen, we donate clothes to the naked and dying, we give blood to whomever needs it. I call this path weak because it runs contrary to Nature (being brutal itself, allowing survival to those who earn rather than those who prosper by charity) and lends nothing to the giver.
The second path I call cruelty. This is a path of dominance; the strong take what they can, leaving nothing in return for those who are dominated. This path may seem attractive, for that which one can seize by force or cunning becomes theirs by right of Nature. However, physics and science both demand that for every action there must be an equal opposing reaction. Thereore, the unlimited cruelty and injustice born of this illusion of strength compels nothing short of the forceful and violent reaction of the many, resulting in what Hegel and Marx called the inevitable "antithesis," or opposing and resistant ideology, which must combat the existing ambitition to the point of its dissolution or destruction.
The third path is that of indifference, and it is best by far. To care not for the fate of others is the ultimate bliss of the individual in this life. It alleviates one of the responsibility to care for others while simultaneously facilitiating the effort of the individual to confront reality on his or her own terms and succeed or fail based solely on one's own desire- or lack thereof- to do so. In this path, those who can, do. Those who cannot, fail. It is the most equitable of solutions and provides a system by which neither are the weak taken advantage of unfairly, nor are the powerful permitted to run amok unchecked. Call it, the "live and let live" scenario. When the livelihood of the few interferes with the enjoyment of life by the many, at that point there is the possibility for rejection of the system by the many. Without this dissonance, however, there be neither a reason nor a need for conflict.
Leave each other alone. Stop pretending that the things we do mean anything. I do not advocate cold-heartedness, but to delude each other into thinking that "random" acts of kindness are anything but weakness is a lie too disgusting to tolerate. To act kindly to another does not prevent me or anyone else from doing harm to you. It might make you WANT to believe it, or believe in any number of other useless dogmas- such as karma- but make no mistake that your belief changes nothing about the outcome of your or my life in the long-term. There is no grace; there is no karma. There is only what you choose to do, and how and why you choose to do it. To do something nice for no reason might make you feel better, but it earns you nothing in this life or any other.
So, for those of you who enjoy pointless acts of weakness, by all means, continue...the rest of us will be feeding off the carrion of your weakness forever, because Nature dictates there is no other action but that...