Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Natural Man, or is it just lazy?

The Natural Man is trending of late, and unless I dare to offend, so is the Natural Woman.  


We love nature, the beauty, and grandeur of untouched and unspoiled wildlife are awe-inspiring. Seeing the landscapes and scenery, the sunsets and sunrises are beyond words. There is nothing better for the soul than watching the sun rise or set from a clear vantage point.


Nature, in all its grandeur, is also cruel, vicious, and unforgiving. No one can deny the reality of life as we watch the brutality of animals hunting, stalking, and eating their prey or the heart-wrenching helplessness of a small creature in the grips of a loathsome predator. So often, it seems, we forget that animals have no morals, no conscious or guiding social construct to help them overcome their natural tendencies toward survival, nor the animal instincts that drive them to feed, mate, kill and consume, again, without constraint or guilt.  


There are some examples of animal behaviors that show signs of a higher moral standard, but those examples are from mostly domesticated animals. Animals who have learned the importance of association. They understand the need to protect and have developed a sense of belonging, to the point of changing their animal instincts‌. And let us not forget the shared instincts of motherhood, that drives women and females of most of the animal kingdom toward diligence as they protect their young and help them ‌learn to survive. 


We understand those differences and even accept those realities, as part of what nature is, but, what I think we are forgetting is that the Natural Man, (I will forgo the Natural Woman part, you all know what I mean) is not entirely an Animal.  


We may act like animals. We may do horrendous things to each other, in our ruthless and unrestrained, heartless attempts to control others. We should also understand that, that humanity, that conscience, and guilt is still present within all of us, albeit suppressed in those who do unspeakable things to others of their kind, but of the billions who have lived on this earth, most, keep and attempt to grow that conscious. We ‌differ from the animals and have the expectation to rise above nature, not simply be driven in acquiescent to it.


Of the approximately 400 generations of life to date, man has always been more prone to following the rules and creating rules and guidelines than simply allowing the animal instincts to define his nature, but ‌we are now abandoning those historical and instinctual desires of order and structure for the supposed freedom of nature.


The defining words of Man and Woman are quickly becoming debased and obsolete. Children are not only encouraged, but they are being taught that sex and gender are nothing more than a fluid activity of choice based on whim and desire. The family is no longer the foundation of society and with that change comes the increasing instability of humanity. 


There is a definite trend away from the order of life, by many who wish to have no order, no consistency, or stability. Our institutions used to support those foundational principles, but now, they have all turned away, not wanting to be associated, choosing instead to partner with the chaos for some supposed short-term gain in public approval, or profit. 


We can easily see the chaos expanding in all areas of existence. From the before mentioned, self-induced, and societally supported dysphoria… 


(rapid onset‌ of gender dysphoria, which has a 100-year historical basis, and included young boys exclusively, has now jumped from boys to girls in epidemic proportions in just under 10 years, (the numbers are staggeringly disturbing), fueled by the psychological society, schools, medical professionals, governments, not only supporting but teaching and encouraging these young girls to destroy their lives.)  


… to a political environment that supports wholesale riots, changes simple words that have devastating effects on society, to the unthinkable raid on a former and popular President of the United States, based on a non-criminal statute.  


Our finances, our economies, our livelihoods, and our commerce are all spiraling out of control. We are devolving away from our inherent humanity toward the baseless idea of nature being the controlling motivator of our lives. Take what you want. Do what you want and create yourself in the image of whatever you can dream of and in the process lose yourself, lose sacrifice your humanity and your self-worth.


Forsake the patterns of life, abandon the desire to become more than the sum of your parts, Man has rejected the god-given ability to pursue a life higher than nature; he now only wants to be a subject of the Natural Man, no divinity allowed, no higher purpose, no vaulted goals of life that help us obtain our humanity, we are nothing more than animals… Kill or be Killed, eat or be eaten. Live on the run, take what you can, when you can, you are nothing but an animal, except…. the animals I know are less dangerous than this new breed of creature we used to call MAN… or Woman…


Do we really have no concern over what our selfish choices of today will do to our tomorrows?


Thursday, August 4, 2022

A Little Light Goes A Long Way

The question, does evil exist, seems to creep back into our lives, as it has in years past.  There have always been those who do evil, but those evil acts seem to be on the rise.  This world has already seen its fair share of evildoers, and I think it’s fair to say that there will be much more to come.

What is evil?


Evil, in a general sense, is the opposite or absence of good. It can be an extremely broad concept, although in everyday usage it is often more narrowly used to talk about profound wickedness and against the common good. Wikipedia


In a similar sense, the definition between light and darkness has an interesting commonality. Each has in their definition a condition of absence, rather than simply being the opposite of the other.  


Both light and good have a definition, while their opposites, darkness, and evil exist simply by minimizing the power or influence of the other. For example, Darkness is the absence of light, and Evil is the absence of good.


In terms of this discussion, the cause of evil or that of good is somewhat irrelevant since all men (all women) may choose between, the infinite choices, that fall upon the spectrum of good and evil.  


Regardless of your affinity or aversion to religion, all of our choices create the pathways that are invariably paved with desires toward good or evil. Obviously, not so Black and White in most cases, but in making our choices, we set the foundations for the general hue of our lives.  


The choice is not always an easy right or left up or down decision. There are countless decisions that are made where the good or bad, the right or wrongs are impossible to ascertain at the time of the decision, but, again, generally speaking, the overall focus of those decisions can be understood, especially as we grow older and hopefully wiser.


I have often wondered where I am on that imaginary line between good and bad, understanding perhaps the need to make changes to the choices I had made, to alter my trajectory in order to balance my life and fine-tune my desire toward good works and forsake those actions that are questionable or not definable as good.


Most of us, I believe pursue a similar path, knowing that what we do, influences those around us. We want our children to do better. We want our houses to look nice, be safe and create a life that we are proud of, as opposed to the opposite of simply living and letting the chips fall where they may.


But, choosing to be good is not as easy as it sounds.  


If there is evil in the world, then how do we combat that evil? If evil is the absence of good, then all we need to do is to do more good. Again, not so easy perhaps, especially in today's environment where we are surrounded by not-so-good individuals, companies, and governments who seem to go out of their way to do us harm.


Marginal living is the practice of existing on the fence between good and evil, freely stepping from one side to the other, as it pleases us to do so. We are then not good, nor are we evil, just existing on the plane between, rationalizing our existence in order to maintain our manufactured opinion of ourselves.  


These are the people who close their blinds in the face of evil but do not engage against that evil. It is those who step over or go around avoiding the problem before them. We have all done this; I have done this, and I am ashamed to admit it, but I will probably do it again, being fearful of the situation, my age, or my lack of patients or ability to help as I rationalize my way through this life.


The question of what is good needs to be answered.


Good is:

Adjective:

 to be desired or approved of.
"a good quality of life"

 having the qualities required for a particular role.
"The schools here are good"

Noun:

that which is morally right; righteousness.

"a mysterious balance of good and evil"

benefit or advantage to someone or something.

"he convinces his father to use his genius for the good of mankind"

 

In relation to this discussion, the noun is perhaps the best qualifier of what we should try to emulate, That which is morally right; righteousness.  

 

I fully understand the difficulties of pursuing a life of righteousness, having faltered so often I cannot recall those instances, and gratefully so, but I am convinced that, starting now, we can change our lives, we can adopt and new foundation and pursue that which is good, for the benefit of others and ourselves.  

 

If we do not make those changes, Evil will prevail. The quotes below are attributed to Edmund Burke, but as far as I can tell only the second one is his. They both, however, contribute to this discussion and our need to be actively engaged in good works.

 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,”

 

 

 “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

 

 

 “men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; “For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.

(D&C 58:27–28.)

We are free agents and can choose for ourselves. I think it's time for all of us to choose more carefully who we associate with, who we emulate, and understand that our choices have consequences. We cannot manage the affairs of others, but we can manage our own affairs, hoping what we choose to do will create a better future.