One of the most popular and fundamental scams is that “we” should care about others, whether they return that favor or not. It goes something like this-
You should care about the opinions and general welfare of people around you, “your” group, “your” tribe, “your” class, “your” nation or the rest of humanity.
My question is-
Why should you care about anybody beyond yourself? What has the rest of humanity done for you lately?
Has it provided you anything beyond a fraction of what it takes from you? Has it provided you with inexpensive or free sex and companionship or a stable livelihood? Will it give a crap if you got chronically ill or disabled while slaving away for it? Is the medical care you receive in your best interest or just meant to enrich the provider at your expense? Does it not try to steal from you and screw you over with countless rules and regulations? Does your ‘job’ involve anything performing meaningless tasks which do not benefit you but enriches somebody else? Is marrying anything more than lifelong slavery for a demanding harpy who becomes fatter and uglier with every single day? How do you benefit from marrying or having kids anyway? Do many, if not most,conscientious people get rewarded in life? If not, why not? Why is being a decent human being supposed to a reward in itself? Who has seen the “afterlife”?
What is the rational basis for other demanding your cooperation and hard work, while giving you almost nothing in return? Why should you play along and be a willing partner in your impoverishment and abuse? Why should you keep on playing “nice” and “fair” to others in return for empty praise, token rewards and more abuse. I am not suggesting that you should ‘go galt’ or masturbate to any other fantasy spewed out from the pen of Ayn Rand. I do not believe in LIEbertarianism, or for that matter, any other -ism. This is not about some “self-made” genius taking a stand against a “moocher” world. It is not even about getting back significantly more than you give to society.
I am talking about a long-term balance between the individual and society in which the sum of efforts by an individual for the benefit of the ‘others’ has to rewarded by a proportional reward by the ‘others’.
Some of you might see my demand as naive and unrealistic. But it is not- as the level of dysfunction in any society is directly proportional to the level of abuse of a well-meaning individual by others. For most of the existence of human beings as a species on earth, we used to live in small close-knit groups that were highly egalitarian and provided the benefits of membership to all of its individuals.Even most villages and small towns in the pre-industrial era were far more similar to tribal groups in their ability to provide worthwhile compensation to its members.
There are those of you who might say that “scamming and abusing people on a large-scale has worked for the last ~ 200-300 years”. To which my answer, as explained in a previous post, is – you have run out of the ability to create new and naive slaves aka children. Now combine the inability to produce lots of naive slaves with the ubiquity and ease of communication in combination with the extent and nature of youth underemployment.
Therefore it is not surprising that, under their fake optimistic and extrovert persona, most people are acting in a very cynical and paranoid manner.
The charade has lasted as long as it has because there have been a lack of significant external or internal system shocks to test system integrity. However the expectation of eternal lucky breaks is not a prudent strategy for the future. There is a very high likelihood that the system will not hold up under, what many still believe to be, moderate stresses. Once that occurs, the title of this post might become very relevant.
Individuals will only work together and sacrifice for a ‘greater’ cause IF they believe that the ‘others’ will reward or compensate them to a self-justifiable level. However a functional and trustworthy society is the precondition to any belief in the possibility of reward or compensation. Do you see the problem?
What do you think? Comments?