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  •  and a fair answer. See, if we could (3+ / 0-)

    just start breaking these things down, more in the interest of understanding where we are coming from, rather than in terms of placing blame and pointing fingers (as is so often the case), we (as a society) might just get somewhere someday. You do this very well.

    Fundamentally, I want to believe that I'm NOT the exception. My commitment to "what's good for society" is NOT an anomaly. We, as human beings, I believe, are hard-wired to care. We are hard-wired to DO GOOD, not evil. When we DO decide to "do evil", this is the result of any number of mitigating factors: could be mental illness, could be social/societal legitimation (or lack thereof), could be economic/political circumstance. Whatever, But I believe in what may perhaps be called the opposite of "original sin".

     I believe in the "original (random) act of kindness" and "senseless act of beauty". Yes, I believe that we as human beings are hard-wired to kindness and beauty. And what you did was  like that. Senseless act of beauty.

    And I have to believe that when we as humans act in cruel, evil or similarly hideous ways, we do so as the result of external influence.  

     If I am wrong about these things, then the central tenet of MY belief system is clearly bullshit (and I am fucked): We.  Are. All. Related. That's what I believe, and that's what has been at the core of a lifetime of action/s that have served "what is good for society. "

    So if we can take that "inalienable right" idea and break it down: um, what exactly DOES our Constitution condone and legitimize? (Of course, I'm thinking specifically in terms of what "well-regulated" means? Also "militia"? Can an INDIVIDUAL actually qualify as "militia", etc., etc.)....But hey, we can't even hash out these "details, details" until we really understand the notion that We. Are. All. Related.

    In other words: when we do what is good for society, we are also doing what is good for us.

    I don't know. I'm rambling now. But you just broke this down in a way that makes sense, and I encourage you to share your message/thoughts at every opportunity you get.

    Because it is powerful, and may have the power to open the eyes, hearts and minds of others to a profoundly fundamental insight that would serve us ALL well.

    •  I agree that most people are good at heart. (0+ / 0-)

      But they are also prone to fear, and fear makes people act in ways that that they normally would not.  And because people don't like being wrong, they justify their actions and defend them.  Vicious circle.

      "Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." - Robert G. Ingersoll

      by Apost8 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 05:25:32 AM PST

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