Oh yes, the idea of morality can be seen as a paradox to humanity. There's been a lot mulling around in my mind lately on morality and why humanity is having such a hard time right now in the world. We live in a world with clandestine war, famine, a first world that neglects the third world, the decisions of others carry more weight than our own, and by golly we still aren't making much progress on getting out into space.
Yet life isn't really that bad for those of us in the first world. I'm pretty poor, but I'm still very thankful for the things that I have. I understand now how the first world has vastly different rules to live by than the third world. The first world is a battle of ideas, and since that's where we place our focus it certainly feels like a battle to most of us. That's why we're all so passionate about what we believe and how we think things should go, because we are all living by everyone else's rules.
We look towards government to help us protect those who are less fortunate, yet when confronted with the actual problem, we feel like we can do nothing about it. More importantly, when we're the ones that require help, we look towards others to fix those problems for us. There are certain situations where you can't dig yourself out. But there are just as many situations where you can, if you only do the work.
Being poor means every month in order to make ends meet, I have to work less to be able to afford my housing. Why? Because my rent is based on my income, and the rent has scaled to the point where I had to leave my better paying job in the city a ways away, for a lower paying job in town. The amount of pay I received at the higher wage job, didn't offset the cost of housing as it went up based on that pay. So naturally having a lower paying job means my rent is affordable, and I don't have any less or more money for other things. I'm much happier at my current job for a lot of reasons, primarily because the people I work with and for are wonderful people and that's not something I've ever had in life.
All of these programs and policies are supposedly put into place in the name of morality and protecting others. Yet we can argue all day as to whether that's their actual result, and even argue whether the intentions of those programs were in good faith. Morality isn't universal, yet it has been the focal point of society the moment we turned our focus from survival to our ideas. I know many would argue that humans are moral creatures at heart, but I don't think we are.
I think we're chaotic creatures in our making, just like the universe. If we believe Carl Sagan in that we are here as the universe observing itself, then we are just as chaotic as the rest of the universe. Using this line of thinking, can we deduce that morality is in fact a paradoxical idea for humanity? In terms of our DNA and how we're hardwired, can we really say that we're a moral species?
Isn't it painfully obvious that we are not moral creatures in a world so wrought with conflict? Perhaps the more important question is if we are chaotic creatures, is that really a bad thing? We obviously understand how to move things forward for our species. We've just hit a painful philosophical wall, and that's that I don't think we as a society were prepared to accept that humanity is chaotic.
Freedom is a rather new idea to us. Considering most of humanity has been subjugated at one point or another, there are few who truly understand what freedom brings to life. Can freedom exist in a world with morality? Or does the idea of morality bring along with it it's own problems? Or perhaps the real danger here, is not truly understanding how humanity interacts with the world, it's own ideas, and more importantly, each other.