Moral Principles versus Moral Hazards
edited: Sunday, December 04, 2011
By Regis Auffray
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Posted: Sunday, December 04, 2011
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Moral Principles versus Moral Hazards
[observations from ~burning woman~ by Sha'Tara]
You take the universe where you find it and apply your principles where you can.
A paraphrase, of course, of a saying that has been expressed in many different ways, but always comes out meaning the same thing. For example, to the one who is not self-empowered and still relies on external deities to make decisions, there is the saying, "God grant me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept those I cannot and the wisdom to know the difference." Indeed. To the one who is self-empowered, the concept simply means I take full responsibility for my place in this society and I accept that such a stance means I will have to learn self-discipline and practice self-sacrifice if I am to create any sort of valid change.
Therefore, before that awareness of responsibility and courage to attempt change develops, one must have personal and real principles. Principles that move the mind, the heart. Principles that have the power to cause the deepest sorrow and the greatest joys. Principles which, no matter the inducement or the threat, cannot be subverted. A true human is always guided by principles, never by feelings or emotions.
What comes to mind here is the concept of "moral principles." There have been times in the chaotic development of Earthian civilization when "moral principles" rated very highly and formed the basis of all education as well as interaction between individuals and groups. Out of the fading and down-grading of moral principles came diplomacy and compromise. And from that came the debacle to what any observer can see today, that the world's leadership, be that of religion, government or finance, has plummeted into a state rightfully called "moral hazard." These current rulers are hazardous to the health and well-being of all life on earth, but particularly to Earthian life. To these people nothing at all remains sacred. They are toxic.
Because of these people, and because the rest of society is willing to accept their ways and live under their rules, Earthian society lives under what is probably the darkest cloud ever to descend over civilization. Neo-capitalism, that being something I'd call "the refined villainy of old capitalism" has imposed a new form of "morality" over the planet, and that can be stated simply as the Wall Street motto: greed is good.
Thousands of best sellers still pack bookstore shelves; millions of articles in financial and business magazines have been and are being written; hundreds of "televangelists" continue to contort themselves daily upon garish stages, all expounding the virtues of greed. Even when you can actually see the skull and crossbones following these writers and preachers doing their "dance macabre" in a mocking preparation for what Frank Herbert in his Dune books called the famine times and the great die-back, still the people continue to believe. It is insanity to believe in anything destroying itself in plain view. Of course it is. But the question is, what causes this insanity?
We know from history—or at least those of us who ever bothered to study history know—that when Earthians feel they are running out of time; when they sense their downfall, they plunge into hedonistic behaviour. That means, if I look around at "my" society today and assess its state of mind by its acts, I can say without a doubt that it is coming to an end. But for increasingly rare exceptions, the drive is towards more greed, irresponsibility and immorality. Ok, so those are pretty general words. People have always been greedy, irresponsible and immoral. Sure. But there have been times when such was considered wrong and that is no longer the case. Global leadership demonstrates these modern "virtues:" greed is good; practicing irresponsibility is being smart; immorality is basically being all that you can be—if it feels good, do it (and damn the consequences).
Oh, did I not answer the question? Well, perhaps you already deduced it anyway. Earthian hedonism, the insanity of these times, is caused by a break-down of the "old" values with no new ones having been instituted to take their place. In other words, people have nothing to believe in. Even the well-known and still popular religions have abandoned the old ways. Sadly for religions and their adherents, religion is all about "the old ways" because all they can do is look back. Christianity for example worships a God who hasn't pronounced an official word in two thousand years. Buddhism is even worse. Islamic revelations pretty much ended with Mohamed. In a world that has seen so much pseudo-change in recent times, it's no wonder these religions have become irrelevant for most, or relevant only when they leave their teachings behind and jump on the band-wagon of promoting and worshiping selfishness, greed or violence. So-called institutions of higher learning such as colleges and universities once promoted the concepts of fairness, chivalry, altruism, courage, commitment, responsibility towards individuals and the group. You could count on being taught the higher value of self-discipline over the attainment of high marks. Character was what mattered. Money, however attained or gained, is now all that matters.
Have people been systematically drained of their humanity in these last, say, fifty or one hundred years? Has something happened to cause society to plunge ever-deeper into mindless hedonism? Yes. And I see too many factors at work here to list them all. Obviously there is the marketplace which developed the consumer mentality, certainly the number one disease of these times. It is the great and convenient marriage of science and technology that has made it possible and continues to make it possible despite the obvious, that it no longer makes any sense at all (as if it ever did!).
Earthians have been robbed of their creativity. I'm not talking about inventing gadgetry or using Photo-Paint to splash colours on, or sharpen, a meaningless photograph, grinding out another copy of mindless Rock-n-Roll or Country "music" in a computerized studio or churning out another You Tube video for the entertainment of the masses. I am talking about the ability to go—as individuals—into the realm of the spirit; to see ourselves in relation to others not like us. I have noticed quite a proliferation of "fantasy" type literature in bookstores in recent years. I also know about the many fantasy games invented for TV and played on the Internet. While these are commercial enterprises and utterly devoid of life—in fact most of these games and many stories glorify violence, gore and various types of immoral behaviour—they nonetheless indicate that Earthians are hungry for something that has the power to take them mentally beyond the strict boundaries erected by the elites of the consumer mentality. Add to that the millions of sightings of UFO's and claims of encounters with alien life—and what does it say? People know they are being lied to; that they are spiritually castrated and mentally sterilized by their leaders. They want something more because they know that as a people they are dying inside.
Yes, they know. But what they don't seem to realize is that what they are finding in all that outer claptrap is more inventions and confusions of the Market-Mind. You will never, ever, find real change in entertainment, competition, or any kind of quest for material gain. That's the Monkey-Mind reacting to the Market-Mind. Change comes incrementally, subtly, and only for the self-empowered and free Mind seeking to change and develop its own character while interacting self-sacrificially with its surroundings.
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit." (From the gospel according to Matthew—the Bible)
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|Reviewed by Micki Peluso
|Regis, this is a provocativce post, well on track most of the time. As far as Christianity and other religions not having spoken in thousands of years, perhaps it is because God or whatever one worhsips as creator and spirituality( our essence with our creator)still holds and should not have to be repeated or added to. Yet the churches are once again changing the wording in biblical passages that are as clear today as when written. Jasmin is right--the answer lies in love, unconditional love for our creator and ourselves. We have never lived in times quite like these and only love can bring us through it--to a better Earth. If we donot heed this, the earth will survive and adapt but we may no longer be living on it.
|Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
|And my favorite...do unto others before they do unto you. Societal truth is now buried so deep the cost of mining it is prohibitive and thus the decay accelerates. Patrick|
|Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks
|Well stated, ad this writing is very clear, and as some important points. Can't fix the world if u r not clear n the problem. This clarifies. Ice job.|
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|It was the Romans that created the circus, built the Coliseum and entertained the masses to prevent them from revolting their miserable lives in Rome.
Today we have the NFL, NASCAR, and worldwide football (soccer) to keep the masses entertained in their spare time and prevent them from revolting their numb, meaningless working lives as wage slaves. Today, politicians cry for jobs, because the masses know nothing except being wage slaves.
I, however, see a different light. A transformation of society from being educated by the market mind and hierarchy into a global village of equals with everyone having access to the source of key information so that no one can hold their knowledge over another–especially false knowledge. If global warming doesn't get us, we are on the verge of an age of Aquarius.
|Reviewed by Joy Hale
|A thought provoking article that grabs the attention of the reader. Thanks for sharing, Regis.
Joy L. Hale
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|Oh dear, so many opposing points, and so many washed out truth, none and all is life, and we are who we are and always will be, let's get along with that, and find a better way of doing it. None of the above mentioned have worked so far, from religion old, or new including the new age capitalist ideals and moronic adherance of our importance in this universe. I feel what Jesus said, (religion or not)Love or what HE was trying to say, that love overcomes all, let's practice that for a change, especially at the Holiday in his name. Hugs! Jasmin Horst|
|Reviewed by Paul Berube
|Great article, Regis. Really enjoyed reading it. In my humble opinion, all very valid points and well taken. Keep up the great work and may God bless.|
|Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
|Striving to walk a straight line
in the forest...not to stray...