How Humans Try to Escape Mortality and Reality
Ever wonder why LIEbertarianism looks good on paper, but is never implemented? While there a host of reasons behind the lack of uptake of that ideology, a few stand out. Let me talk about one of them.
LIEbertarianism assumes that humans actions are rational.
This faulty assumption is implicitly at the core of most LIEbertarian beliefs, theories and worldviews. Now let me tell you what human beings are really like.
Most humans are egoistic, greedy, selfish, phony and lazy scumbags who would gladly sell their mother for a few dollars. They lack compassion, introspection, empathy and above all- reason. It is not as if most people are incapable of being otherwise, yet they choose to be that way.
So why do people choose to be myopic scumbags, when they can be better than that?
People often take the “easier” and more animalistic route. As long as there is nothing to stop people from acting on their desires, they will choose that path over all others- even if those other paths give much better returns.
Consider feudalism and slavery, both of which were widespread throughout human history. Any reasonable person would have quickly figured out that treating people better than peasants or slaves was far less likely to invite desertion, intrigue or retribution in the future. To put it another way, a slightly better living standard combined with more personal freedom results in a far more productive system with much less need for repression and its consequences.
But why did most societies chose to have feudalism and slavery?
Maybe it is about some primitive animalistic urge to control others even if that results in a significantly inferior outcome for that person. But why try to control others, when you cannot even control your own mortality? Is that the behavior of a person thinking rationally? What is the use of power for the sake of power?
In my opinion, such behavior points out to a disturbing yet widespread type of magical thinking. Apparently, many people never come to terms with their own mortality. A lot of human behavior is not logical, let alone rational, if people were actively aware of their own mortality. While animals are not aware of their own mortality and therefore act as if they are immortal, humans beings are very aware of their own mortality- yet most never come to terms with that idea. Even religions that talk about corporeal mortality maintain that the ‘soul’ is immortal, and talk about afterlife. It is as if people, since time immemorial, have been trying very hard to deny what they can clearly observe.
It seem that people think that acting immortal will make them so- cognitive dissonance at its best.
It is hard for most people to accept that the existence of a homeless guy sitting near a luxury store is, in the long run, not that different from a lawyer who makes millions or a world famous billionaire. To misquote Keynes- in the long run, we are all dead. There is no immortality, no afterlife, no legacy of any value, no descendants who will care.. there is nothing after death. Yet clever morons choose to believe otherwise by constructing complex models and rationalizations to escape from that reality.
I would go further and say that all traditional religions, secular religions and ideologies are just pathetic attempts to deny the obvious. It hasn’t worked till now, and it is unlikely to work in the future.. but keep on trying.
PS: I am not suggesting that people should just sit around, do nothing and wait for their eventual death. However actually factoring your mortality into your actions and worldview might be a worthwhile idea.