Personally, I dislike that. After all, I am a very logical individual. When I see something I don't agree with, I will act upon it and take the consequences as they come. This is what it means to accept.
Furthermore, I live in the manner of a Death Company. That is to say, I assume I am going burn in hell already and no matter what I do now, nothing is going to change that. I will suffer no matter what I choose to do. That said, even knowing this. I can comfortably say that irrespective of thoughts born from a moment of irritation or the things I spout as a joke in the company of friends. I am ready to say that I will volunteer where necessary.
Being good or being evil is a choice and only a little bit of that choice is shaped by circumstance. One should take responsibility for their own actions, regardless of what they do.
And so I extend the same question to all of you. Can you truly say that you would volunteer? Think hard on that one ;3
-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates
One correction though: *hear her. Right now it says "hea herr".
It is a recurring theme in, perhaps, my favorite science fiction show: Babylon 5. Lennier suggests that doing the right thing for the wrong reasons corrupts the work. In the episode "Comes The Inquisitor", Minbari Ambassador Delenn is interrogated by a man in the service of the Vorlon empire as to the reasons for her choices to become a bridge between the Minbari and the Humans; the goal being to insure that it was not vanity or glory which made her do what she did. The episode's climax reveals that it is a willingness to give of oneself to others without ever being showered with rewards or even recognized for having done so at all is the closest one can get to "the right thing".
I have seen it a thousand times: Self-important, arrogant people claiming to be up for sainthood after falling in with the trendy charity of the month. We're all so ready to help out when a national disaster strikes, but if it has no news coverage, no spotlight, no pat on the back? I would count on bleeding out in broad daylight before so much as a hand to my feet was offered. I'm not important enough for a news crew, thus I do not rate the attention of others. They're too busy looking for a reporter to pose for.
I suppose the point of the last three paragraphs of rambling is that the right thing to do is exactly that: You do what you can to make life better for others, and maybe even yourself, because it's just a nice thing to do. You don't do it because you're looking for compensation, you don't do it because you're taught to be that way, and you don't do it because you fear reprisal if you don't comply. You do it simply because it's right.
At least...that's what I believe.
Right is right and wrong is wrong. To do what is Right is to act upon just virtues based on Truth, this is in turn embodied by belief in universal harmony or what we know to be true. When you do something that is Wrong then you are deviating from the established truth that dictates what is just and right. No matter what the circumstances are, whenever you think or choose to do the harmful to the universal harmony then, whether you intend to be or not, you are wrong in your motivations.
To put such an example in terms of say...pure Christian beleif: Every negative thought or action you conceive is a sin. Humans their truest nature born under the curse of sin is inherently selfish to some extent. A single person cannot go their entire life an say that they have never committed a sin because God does not just judge them after death by actions alone, but by what they have felt their hearts at any point in their life. Using God and his edicts as the foundation of truth: Anything that is done by a person that does not believe in the sacrifice of the lamb and is a "good person" for their whole life is still a sinner because even though they may have done more good than bad, their entire lifestyle is selfish and hedonistic as defined by the Gospel of Jesus.
(Oh and don't mind me if you don't care for this kind of stuff. I'm just throwing this out there because I felt left out. And all these discussions gave me inspiration to work this out in my head. )
So who has the right to determine what is right or wrong or good or evil? I believe in the Bible myself but disagree with most other Christians on many things they teach.
I just want to say the Nazi's were evil in my opinion so don't think I was defending anything they did.
My point is that humans can't decide what is good or evil because when they do it is always the most powerful and aggressive ones that make those decisions and force those beliefs on others through manipulation (mass media) or force.
So who determines what is good or evil?
Sorry for correction but "Chinese" isn't a language, its a nationality yes, but the language would likely be Cantonese instead.
I see, well I just wanted to point out that just to be clear lol. hope you don't mind.
So I knew these people who did those religious missions to Africa. Before I knew better, like most I would think that it's a good thing. But people there do not care about nor need mystical stories created by the white man. Why can't people just give them food and stuff without pushing an agenda? I then found out later, these same people ran over a squirrel with a car breaking it's leg and instead of nursing it to health or putting it out of it's misery, or like most NOTHING, they played with it and tortured it til it died. And they liked to make bombs and throw it in strems and rivers to see the dead fish rise to the surface. Mind you, those are just a couple of examples. No, I don't hang out with them anymore lol
I try to be as "good" as possible but I don't think I'm that good because I can be bad, you know what I mean? Especially when ppl aren't being good, that makes me mad because there's no need. But I don't go around trying to change ppl or killing animals for entertainment. Now, I don't know how to fix a squirrel's broken leg exactly. I am a superb driver I don't think I'll encounter that situation. If it did happen, I'll "volunteer" to get my gloves (because I don't want rabies) and try to make it work. Or go to the shelter with it, I don't really know. But torturing it..? You gotta be kidding me. That doesn't even exist as a real option in my mind.
Question, if you are very logical, then why do you believe you are going to burn in hell? It's my understanding that most who are very logical don't believe in things like that.
Hope you like the rant, that's the most I've written in one sitting on DA to date lol