November 9, 2018
or be enslaved by another Man's."
It is cultivating a healthy way of living despite the unhealthy ways of unhealthy men.
It's becoming so,
Then it's building,
But first, we must ask ourselves, what we are freeing ourselves for before asking ourselves what we are freeing ourselves from.
The answer to that
question, what are we freeing ourselves for, will be the foundation
of our freedom, the cornerstone of our virtue, the building blocks
of a healthier way of being human in the world.
For if our "answer" is deemed invalid/unhealthy by the dictates of universal law (what's healthy and what's not), then it should be discarded as invalid/unhealthy for any humans who are attempting to be virtuous and healthy.
Also, every "answer"
should remain flexible and adaptable lest it become stagnant, rigid,
dogmatic, tyrannical, or stuck in its ways.
As human beings there is no way around the fact that we are social creatures. We need each other to survive in a hostile (entropic) universe.
Therefore, the golden rule is paramount.
A truly virtuous system, never forces its virtue onto others. The moment a so-called virtuous system forces its virtue or values onto others, it ceases to be virtuous. There's no way around this absolute fact.
Any attempt to "get
around it" is a violation of the golden rule and therefore
The moment a so-called 'virtuous system' becomes directly violent it ceases to be virtuous. The only moral exception to this fact is when violence is necessary to defend against direct violence - and, even then, only as a last resort.
Any attempt to use
violence to force others into compliance, is a violation of the
non-aggression principle and therefore un-virtuous.
A healthy system is sustainable, moral, and eco-conscious:
How do we know the current system (society) is unsustainable, immoral and even ecocidal, and thus unfit for healthy and virtuous people?
Any system that forces its people to breathe polluted air, drink polluted water, eat polluted food and then continues to do all the things that causes that pollution, is a profoundly sick society.
Krishnamurti's quote is a powerful reminder of this vital fact:
The solution is to create
a system that is sustainable, moral, and eco-conscious; to create a
healthy system that makes the unhealthy system obsolete.
So almost any attempt at creating a healthier system will have to be covert and strategically defensive. Both in its attempt to create a healthy system and in its attempt to thwart the encroaching unhealthy system.
It will have to be
clandestine and stealthy on the one hand, and creative and daring on
the other hand.
While on the individual level it will probably result in plenty of,
The bottom line:
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
But, in the end, it will have been worth it...
For you will have discovered moral virtue. You will have discovered provident health. You will have discovered authentic freedom.
And your conscience will
have finally been cleared...