Assumed Rights

Our society functions by way of assumed rights, and the effects continue to take its toll on a public whose natural rights are daily denied, by an elite who have disrupted the natural state of social harmony, all the while displacing the goodness of basic human nature….

Capitalism is allowed to function based upon two assumed rights:

1.  The assumed right to exploit the services of another

2.  The assumed right of entitlement to hoard resources and deny them to others

Capitalism is exploitation.  There is no natural basis or rational justification for the way we conduct the business of life in this country.  The shameless exploitation of Mother Earth and humanity is open, accepted, justified, and in the case of conservative mindset; glorified.  There is no natural basis for exploiting the services of another person for personal gain.  Our way of life is shameful.

There is no natural basis for the notion that folk are entitled to hoard resources and deny them to others.  Concentrated wealth is a crime against all that is naturally right and commonly decent.  The sense of entitlement that we have allowed in our society is shameful.  Our nation was based upon this shameful belief, and we have somehow assumed concentrated wealth to be natural and acceptable.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

There is no natural basis for the exploitation of the labor of another person, nor is there any natural basis for the entitlement to hoard wealth and deny others their basic natural right to food, shelter, and healthcare. 

Social harmony is the natural state of being of everything from the cosmos to the kitchen.  The natural state of social harmony is stuck on daily and cyclical “DISRUPT MODE” due to the shameless exercise of exploitation and erroneous sense of entitlement with which we have empowered the elite in our society.

Finally, our natural sense of genuine goodness as human beings has been displaced by our shameful way of conducting our daily affairs int this country.   Our basic nature is that of genuine goodness:  Our natural inclinations move us towards kindness and courtesy, and our  natural sense of compassion hardly allows us to bear even the mere thought of the suffering of any living being.  Yet, in a society of wealth beyond measure, we allow children to be denied food and healthcare, and drive on highways whose overpasses are the home of the countless wandering ones who our culture has left behind.

Shame on us.  SHAME on us.

On the Common Good and Competition

The society that determined that “the common good” would be its common goal; would accomplish that very task.  Everyone would be fed; everyone would be sheltered; everyone would be provided healthcare; everyone would be educated; and everyone would be encouraged to pursue their interests and skills for the benefit of the common good.  Commodities would be produced for consumption and practical use, and there would be absolutely no partiality in the distribution thereof.  Such is stated as a “could be”, because among the challenges to the noble concept of “the common good” is the contemporary myth that competitive markets are a superior way of life to any other, and sufficient to satisfy to the needs of humanity.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Competition is what it is.  It is a struggle which yields a winner and a loser.  In any competitive setting, such is the result, for such is the nature of the very concept.  To assert that competitive markets address OR EVER COULD address the basic needs of humanity is an insult to one’s basic intelligence, a misrepresentation of the basic nature of the concept, and a most unfortunate myth.  Competition is merely not a natural or an efficient way to live.

Not that competition is wrong.  Competition is a form of entertainment, but entertainment by reason of common sense should be experienced as a way to pass the time; not as a way to live one’s life.  I have enjoyed the experience of competition in a variety of fashions and formats my entire life.  As a child I spent many an hour playing board games with my two sisters, and  participated in countless games of “pick up” baseball, school yard basketball, and touch football.   I recall with fondness these experiences, for they were harmless bouts and feats of wits and physical skill which endeared me to my loved ones and allowed us all to enjoy some quality time together.  Yet even in those minor settings of competitive fun the logical yield was the end result:  Someone always won and someone always lost.  Such is the basic nature of competition.

To live life by means of competition is foolish at the very least, and vicious at a most rudimentary level.  Reflect upon the reality of the results of free markets:

Some have food in abundance; others go to bed hungry.

Some have shelter from the elements; others have no bed  AND are hungry.

Some have cosmetic surgery; others suffer continuous agony due to health needs.

The stomachs of those of who “win” in a society of competitive markets can be fed to excess; whereas the stomachs of those who “lose” must do without.  Those who “win” in a society of competitive markets enjoy the security and comfort of a home; whereas those who “lose” must do without.  Those who “win” in a society of competitive never lack the funds for even selective surgery; whereas those who “lose” must bear pain and physical breakdown for lack of means to health care. 

Allegedly wiser minds than mine say that such does not have to be the case.   Proponents and apologists for a society based upon competitive markets assert that those who lack in a capitalistic society are to blame for their own state of poverty.  Yet such is not consistent with the countless examples of the poor and needy who are overworked, underpaid, and oftentimes unemployed.

Competition is what it is.  Competition is a struggle which yields winners and losers.  Real life winners are those who bask in the pleasant rays of the excessive supply of capitalism.  Real life losers are those who are burned by the reality of the natural yield of competition.

Competitive markets do not, nor will they ever supply the needs of humanity.  A society which would seek “the common good” requires depth of thought, sensitivity for the needs of others, and impartial distribution of practical resources for the benefit of every single person.  There is no place for allowing anyone to lose in the all too real experience of life.  At least, not in a society which seeks the common good as its common goal.

Society and Human Nature

Is not society an extension of the self? 

The basic nature of all humanity is that of genuine goodness.  There is no reason to doubt such, for if each person reflects upon their most basic inclinations, they will find that deep in their intellect, they WANT to do the right thing.  In fact, every person has a common sense of natural “oughtness” which is derived from our common sense of natural “goodness”.  Our natural inclination to do “the right thing” is based upon our intuitive knowledge of the very concept.  Hence, there are circumstances which are so spontaneous and so instant that before we have time to rationalize our actions, we feel inclined to do what we naturally know is right under the circumstances.  This natural knowledge of “the right thing” is in fact our intuition, by which we can know our own basic nature.

For example, let us presume that we see another person lieing on the side of the road, clearly injured and obviously incapacitated.  Would not our natural inclination in such a circumstance be to stop and render aid?  That instantaneous feeling is our basic nature responding to our intuitive knowledge to do the right thing.

Now, this is not to say that our actions are always or even ever in accord with our basic nature.  In this very scenario, the instantaneous inclination to render aid, would immediate lead to rationalization of the circumstance which would lead to a consequent course of action. One person might speculate that based upon the remoteness of the area that it might be too dangerous to risk personal injury, so she might pass on by (And, she might use her cell phone to call for help, which would be practical.  Yet, her original SPONTANEOUS thought would have been to stop and render aid).  Yet another more cynical type might speculate that the injured person likely brought these unfortunate circumstances on himself, and thus he might choose to just pass on by and not “get involved”.  Then again, another person might note that the injured person’s skin color does not suit his taste, so he might pass on by due to a personal  prejudice.  

These are but a few reasons that might motivate a person to “just pass on by”  and perhaps to even “not get involved”, yet I maintain that EVERYONE would have a momentary, instantaneous urge to “do the right thing”.   That spontaneous urge to do the right thing is beyond our control, yet the course of action that we pursue is very much within our control.

So I return to my original statement that society is but an extension of the self.  Should we not as a society function in accord with our basic nature?  And is not our basic nature that of genuine goodness?

Idealistic I may be, but I believe that my case is sound.  We all WANT to do the right thing.  We merely get caught up in our own lives and circumstances, and thus we so oftentimes act contrary to our basic nature.

When a person lives contrary to his/her basic nature of genuine goodness, that is most unfortunate.  When a society functions contrary to the basic nature of genuine goodness, the ramifications are catastrophic and heart wrenching.

I maintain that the most natural experience and the most noble endeavor is that of self cultivation of the genuine goodness of our basic nature on a daily basis. 

Society is but an extension of the self….

The Cosmos and Collective Relationships

The only natural collective relationship is that of interconnection between all beings of the cosmos.The only natural collective identity then is that of the universe.

The only natural collective interests then are those of the universe as a unit.

The cosmos is our example of natural relations and collective interests. The interests of the universe are those of harmony and balance. These interests are met solely due to the fact that things of the cosmos function according to their basic nature.

Were the bodies of the cosmos to confederate and conspire for the purposes of conquest and commercial interests, then the bodies of the cosmos would be functioning contrary to their basic nature. Furthermore, the harmony and balance of the cosmos would give way to chaos and continuous “star wars”.

When humanity thinks of identity and interests in terms of natural relations; as opposed to thinking of such in terms of national relations, perhaps then harmony and balance will be the way of humanity; as it truly is the way of the cosmos.

Indeed, the cosmos is our example of natural relations and collective interests.

Cosmic Communion

I maintain that the very existence of all that is demonstrates and reveals the wonderful works of a cosmic communion.  And the wondrous ongoing natural existence and functions of our universe demonstrates and reveals the naturalness of cooperation and harmony, all the while revealing competition and combativeness as unnatural to the basic way of all that is.  I furthermore maintain that we of the human race are unique in that we decide our fate by deeds of choice; whereas most of the workings of our cosmic surroundings; both here on earth, and “out there”, function by natural principles which are not open to alteration or moderation. 

In the light of these thoughts, please consider the following:

1.  All that is evident is the universe.

2.  Thus, all concrete bodies, living beings, physical materials, energetic forces, and spacious expanses are the constituent elements of the universe.

3.  All the consituent elements of the universe each have a respective basic nature.

4.  All bodies, elements, forces, and expanses function in accord with their basic nature.

5.  MOST beings function in accord with their basic nature.

6.  Humans are INCLINED to function in accord with their basic nature.

7.  Humans are INFLUENCED by their feelings.

8.  Our natural INCLINATIONS are spontaneous feelings which are in accord with our basic nature.

9.  Yet, humans are also influenced by feelings which are not in accord with our basic nature.

10. Thus, we humans do not always function in accord with our basic nature.

The cosmic communion of all the constituent elements of the universe is an ongoing process of activity based upon the basic nature of each and every thing that is.  The ongoing existence of all the elements of the universe is possible only because of the natural cooperative function of all that is.  And such is the case solely due to the fact that all bodies, elements, forces, spaces, and MOST living beings function in accord with their basic nature.

The fact is that we humans are the only element of all the constituent elements of the universe who are allowed the freedom to function contrary to our basic nature. Hence, we can mess up a good thing, and all too often we do!  Thus, while even the non intelligent elements of all that is operate via a natural harmony and state of basically constant equilibrium, we; the most intelligent of all beings create societal settings of chaos, competition, and combativeness which contradict our basic nature of genuine goodness.

And be not deceived by the evils of imperialism and capitalism; for ours is a genuinely good nature.  We merely need to adhere to our spontaneous inclinations of kindness, courtesy, concern,  and compassion rather than compromise such in an effort to “get ahead”.  We don’t need to get ahead.  We need to stay in line with the cosmic communion which encompasses us all on a daily basis.