Unity through Selfishness.
Everyone Salute your local most Flag,
and sing along:
‘Every man for himself,
get a gun,
shoot yourself in the foot.’
And may the Massive Spiritual Step-Daddy
in the Sky
forever bless these
Not-Quite United Nation States
for Me and Mine
and No One else
must surely be
It’s hard to fathom that there can be a need for these words to be said in this day and age (or actually in any day and age) but there undoubtedly is, so I’m going to.
I’m however not going to present them in any specific context but instead let you (whomever is reading this) simply apply them where they fit, which is a frighteningly simple task these days.
No, you are not either righteous or brave because you dare speak about something that is abundantly debated all over the place all the time.
In fact you rather forfeit your mandate to assess the scope and health of a debate when you cathegorically refuse to listen to anyone you don’t agree with.
No, you are not the only one(s) with a solution to a problem if
a) there actually is no problem.
b) you yourself don’t actually have a solution to the problem either.
The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is ‘No’. Peace of mind is one of those things that most people assume they want but never really think about what it means, and most probably wouldn’t want if they did. Or so I have come to believe. Hear me out.
I, like most people, have casually believed myself to seek peace of mind, or at least pictured it as something worthy of aspiring towards. Many a time have I wished to be sure enough of myself and my convictions to never have to doubt my own judgement or decisions. But this, I have realized, is an error of thought. An exercise in vanity.
Peace of mind is reserved for the fanatic.
Doubt, regret, guilt and shame are the burdens we bear in exchange
for free will, free thought and reason.
To seek peace of mind is to welcome indoctrination
and few of us would do that if aware.
And this is important, not least for the reason that we live in a society that acknowledge and respect our convictions more the stronger we hold them, where we are taken more seriously the surer we seem of ourselves and the louder we shout, where doubt is almost always perceived as a weakness. The result of this can never be anything other than polarization and fanatics in positions of power.