Updated: Apr 18, 2020
Each individual’s existence relies on others. From birth we rely on social structures such as hospitals, educational institutions, our families, so therefore to grow, prosper and develop within that system only to reap our own rewards seems selfish, greedy and morally unjust.
I recently wrote this is response to an essay on justice, responding to John Rawls ... and it got me thinking. During lock down I continually seen motivational type people and social influencers promoting themselves and there is something about it I despise.
But what is it I reject?
I think the answer lay somewhere in the unknown. The paragraph above is in response to John Rawls and Robert Nozick, who argued over what is fair. One man argued we owe a social obligation to help those worse off, whereas Nozick claims you are entitled to reap your rewards.
And I agree with both to various extents. Confusion; philosophies friend.
But what the fuck does that have to do with influencers and motivators.
Good question; the answer is twofold.
Firstly, a large amount of social influence is completely fake. It just is and we all know that. Swim suit models, women with fake everything, bullshit photographs, fake motivation deserves anger because it is filthy. It dilutes real motivators such as David Goggins, Jocko Willink, Dr. Jordan Peterson, people who provoke a real response.
Love or hate, agree or disagree, those three people above provoke a response because they are real. They have achieved and they throw themselves entirely into service.
Secondly, a large, like freakishly large amount, of content I see calls for happiness. Why? Why embrace one emotion over another? We don’t colour our world one colour. We don’t engage in only one activity, or eat only one food. Why would you focus on one emotion?
I would answer that either people are lying or they are stupid. Either is probable. Sometimes we should be sad; of course. Happiness, sadness, angry, depressed, elation, disappointed, there is an entire array of experiences (qualia) you should be enduring and to focus on one is to limit your own self.
I know when you become welcome with that chaos, the hardships, the endurance, when you can run further and lift heavier, when any damn thing can’t crush you, even sadness is happiness, even hardships are good.
We all rely on each other. We all need each other. Stop lying. We all need you to be who you really are.
“Each individual’s existence relies on others. From birth we rely on medical staff, family structures, educational institutions, so therefore to grow, prosper and develop within that system only to reap our own rewards seems selfish, greedy and morally unjust..”