My Personal Philosophy of Life
Grandpa and some friends of his was just sitting in front of the barber shop discussing one of their favorite topics, politics. Grandpa was unusually quiet this day and mostly listened to the arguments of the other men. One of the men noticed this quietness and asked grandpa why he was being so quiet. Grandpa just smiled at the question, and in time quietly gave this response.
“Haven’t got much to say today but there is one thing that amuses me as I listen to others argue. Its the feeling that you get that everyone is cock sure that they are right and if you disagree with them then it is you that is the ignorant fool. Another area of discussion with this same effect is a discussion on religion.
There are times that I feel that some persons are afraid of revealing that they possess some ignorance. This is not to declare they will not admit to lacking in knowledge in a general sense. It is when you pin them down to specific topics that they reveal their arrogance and their unwillingness to admit ignorance. And I’ll admit that upon reflexion of some previous acts I find myself guilty of this arrogant attitude also.
I look upon this form of arrogance as a most basic character flaw and it is a flaw that I am constantly at battle with within myself. It is easy to believe that you are the source of all truth which is what the foundational basis of this flaw is and it is very hard to imagine that you be the source of falsehoods. This just indicates just how important the possession of truth is to each of us. Another possibility be that we consider the possession of ignorance as sign that we be fools and no one likes to see themselves as being a fool.
The problem with the above assumptions are the fact that if truth is all that important to us we would find no shame in having our ignorance revealed. And if truth was all that important to us then the knowledge of our ignorance would not be a sign that we be fools but a sign of the wisdom within us. For the only way that our ignorance can be revealed is by the fact we learned something that revealed the actual truth to us. And that should make us feel humbled not foolish. And once humbled would we not then have the attitude of humility rather than the feeling of humiliation?
So, what could be more important to us as human beings than the possession of truth? What is the problem with humility that we prefer the attitude of arrogance over it? What is it about humility that leads people to walk away from it rather than embrace it even though it is considered a virtue not a vice? What attitude do we seek to possess that is taught that must be considered to be of greater virtue than humility? Maybe a better question would be what is the attitude we are taught to possess and then examine that attitude a little closer as to its effects.
This, admittingly, requires self examination to its fullest and the acknowledgment of the possession of arrogance along with the desire to rid ourselves of this arrogant attitude. This is where the problem lies. There are not many people who will admit to the arrogance within themselves thus the desire to rid themselves of it cannot exist. People are fully willing to declare it of others but not of themselves. Why not?”
With these words said grandpa went silent once more leaving his friends with only questions to be answered
I once declared that only individuals can possess rights. A friend once asked me why a collective cannot possess “rights”. To me, the answer is simple if a person understands what it means to possess rights.
To possess a right a person must accept that he now possesses a responsibility. To possess a right a person has to realize he now possesses an obligation. To possess a right a person must realize that he now possesses a duty. It does not mean he can do whatever he wants though there are many who treat a right in such a manner.
He must accept the responsibility of his behaviors in regards to any particular right he claims. In the acceptance he then can claim any benefits that result from expressing that right. He must also be willing to accept any consequences that result from expressing that right either from the nature of life or his fellow man.
He must accept that he has an obligation once he possesses a certain right. That obligation is to never abuse his use of that right. It is not a toy to play with but a tool that man was given in order to pursue the opportunity of his happiness as he sees it.
He must accept that he has a duty once in possession of a right. That duty is to safeguard that right against all who would take it from him. And this be most important for it will ever be attacked by others who feel that rights do not belong to individuals.
If a man accepts that he possesses rights then he must also believe he possesses a free will in order to express those rights. For as we see a man must choose not only how to express those rights but also must choose whether or not they are important enough to possess in the first place.
And a free will is what separates a collective from an individual. A collective cannot possess a free will of its own. The behavior of a collective is a determined behavior. It is determined by the independent behavior of each of the individuals within that collective. It cannot act or think independently from the individuals as necessary for a free will to exist of that collective.
This does not mean that a collective cannot possess a force of life. What a collective does possess that an individual cannot possess is power. Give a collective enough power and it will force itself upon the individuals within that collective. It is up to the individual to possess the strength of will to resist the power of the collective. And that has been the biggest struggle of mankind.
It is only in the possession of a free will that a person can act in a voluntary and consensual manner. So, to convey rights upon a collective is to declare that a collective has the ability to act in a voluntary and consensual manner and it cannot. It can only act as determined by the will of each and every individual within that collective.
And those individuals who declare that collectives have rights are only being submissive to the power of a collective in hopes of being a beneficiary of that power. In declaring that a collective has rights a person is rationalizing the use of the abusive power a collective has over individuals. In declaring that a collective has rights a person is revealing just how weak his will is.
The individual belief of the possession of free will is directly related to belief of the possession of power by the collective. The greater the power of the collective is given the less a person believes in free will. For the individual recognizes that he has no control over his own life. The less power possessed by the collective the greater the belief in fee will. For the individual must accept control of his own life. This and this alone should be the biggest reason we should seek to limit the power of the agency of the largest collective in our lives, the federal government.
These are but a few reasons that a collective should never be seen as possessing rights. I know this leaves a lot of questions unanswered so if anyone has any questions I will be pleased to attempt to give an answer to it. The idea of rights is a very deep subject and one can spend a life time in study of it and never come to a definitive answer as to what it is or how it actually works.
Don’t have much to say today so I thought i might give you something to think about when considering the issue of abortion. We can say all we want to about what abortion is about and whether or not it is moral or immoral but one thing neither side of the issue can deny is this. Every single abortion prevents what happened in the video link from happening later in life. Every single abortion has an effect on someone else other than the pregnant woman as shown in the video in the following link. Are the benefits gained by an abortion greater than the consequences? I say no more. What say you?
Shaw, over at Progressive Eruptions, gave some advice for her commenters but it is also some great advice for all of us bloggers whether we be the owner of a blog or just a commenter on someone’s blog. Writing an essay as well as commenting on a blog is one thing but we should all be aware of the fact that it should be a logical argument and abide by the rules of logic.
We must realize that while an appeal to emotion may, at times, be a good argument it can never be considered as a logical argument. A good emotional appeal is used to get a person to react emotionally. A good logical argument is meant to be used to give a person something to think on before reacting. When we fully understand this we can know what type of argument we need to use and when to use a particular form of argument.
So, my friends, we need to think before we react, especially when discussing certain emotionally charged issues, and always beware of fallacies in our own arguments as well as others. If we do there is no doubt in my mind that our experience in the blogosphere will be far more pleasant for everyone.
Well folks, I’m back even if but for a short time. Had my angiogram and they added a new piece to my body with a promise of more. One of my arteries has been completely shut off so I am going to need bypass surgery in one of my legs. Now, I have a big decision to make.
They say that once I have this surgery that I am going to have to take it easy for about a month or longer afterward. This would mean postponing my trip back east to be with my family like I have planned. And considering the plans I made for this trip a postponement of the trip is not a desirable outcome.
My only other alternative is to take the trip as planned and postpone the surgery until I get back in the fall. This is not a very desirable outcome either. I’m not the type that likes to have surgery on his mind while it should be on enjoying the company of each member of his family.
The trip itself was going to be a very extensive trip with stops in about 5 different States, the main one being my home State of Michigan where most of the family is. All I can do is grin when I think of my last trip when I drove the ol’ buggy into the ground and needed a new transmission when I finally got to my destination.
The whole trip would be one of three or four months with about a month of it on the road. My first stop would be in Virginia where my grand niece lives with her Navy husband and two little ones that I have never met yet. Then it would be a trip up to Maryland where one of my nieces lives with her hubby and son who also has a little one I haven’t met.
Then it is on to Michigan where most of the members of my family are where i’ll be staying with another niece and her husband and kids on a farm that they are building up very nicely. BTW, between the both of them they are the parents of nine children. Can you imagine all the Christmas presents that are under the tree at their house for this brood?
While I am there I might just take a trip next door to Wisconsin where another nephew lives with his lovely wife and two kids, one that I haven’t met yet along with stopping off and seeing a couple of friends there. Then it is trip to Colorado on my way back home to see my ex brother in law.
Anyone out there want to go along?
Well folks, the ol’ Griper won’t be around for a few days. He is entering the hospital for an angiogram on his broken down old legs. The big thing that bothers me is that they are demanding that I starve myself before going in, no food or drink from midnight on. Times I actually believe that people be come doctors because they are closet sadists.
And even when they do get around to the time to feed you a person cannot help but feel that his first impression of being in a torture chamber is affirmed. And those gowns that they make you wear. It kinda makes you wonder what kind of sexual deviance that is being practiced in those places.
Then they take you into the operating room. Operating room!!! actually it should be called the “cutting room”
Oh well, hospitals, jails, prisons, seems as if they all give ya the same feelings once you go thru the doors and hear that sound of the locks no matter what they say is the difference.
Will be back though once my sentence is up and I get my freedom back.