Dreamers of the Day

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible." -T.E. Lawrence, "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom"

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Space X

These are considered bad decisions not because there is a universal governing body that determined it so. These are considered bad because of the commonality between them. In each “bad” decision, the individual making the decision is choosing to forget who they are and become someone they are not. It is not a destruction of the person that mortifies us, but it we who are mortified. Those who must life through the action are destroyed a little each time we view, read or hear about the action because it awakens us to a madness we must explain. Out of these three choices rise the guidelines for most criminal laws.

Good decisions seem to be the reverse of the bad decisions. Actions to better the life of mankind are seen to be better. Regardless of the consequence of the action (i.e. cloning), the action itself, even-though turned bad, could still be viewed as good if it helps other. In pondering this topic, there must be a base in which to measure from in order to determine if you are helping other people. For instance, if I go and help a child who as fallen and bloodied her knee, an initial thought is that I stopped the bleeding. So, one could say that stopping blood flow is helping the girl. In this statement alone there are countless complexities dealing with medical terms as well as political and war terms that I know little about. I am not trying to define humanity’s view of a good decision, but simply state my observations of what I think it is. It could be wrong, it could be right, but it is mine for now.

…Back to the base for “good.” In modern day terms, helping someone usually deals with money. Because our entire economy is founded on currency and most economical system are, money is a strong tie to helping others. One may give money to the poor and that is seen as admirable in many different societies. In this transaction, it is the greater giving to the lesser while still keeping the lesser—in fact lesser. One never hears of the action of a billionaire giving all his money to a poor person thus transferring the power from greater to lesser. I have never heard or read of any such story in modern times and would be interested in reading one if it truly exists. The human helps those in need only up to a certain point, but seldom past that point. I would like to state that this point is called “sacrifice.” It is at the point of sacrifice that the individual must give up more than he has to offer to make the lesser person greater than himself. I have witnessed this in many teacher’s, parent’s and professor’s lives. A genuine teacher is not concerned about being greater than the students, but that the students become greater than the teacher. In today’s competitive world, this is rarely seen, and to me is a breath of fresh air when I do see it.

Teaching is on an educational level, but one can help someone on a physical level as well. In regards to the illustration about the girl with the bloodied knee, it is the person who is well who can help the girl. If I have the same injury, I could still help the girl because I know it is a small injury and my white blood cells will perform their duties. Now, let’s increase the injury. Let’s say both of us have lost our right arms. It would be very difficult for me to help her if my own arm is missing. I will have a great chance of dying and may even have passed out by now. In all societies, those who help others must be at a better advantage than the people they are helping. It is the people who are physically capable of functioning that must help the lame. The lame cannot help the lame and as the Bible states the blind cannot lead the blind. This would negate the true meaning of “help” because it is not solving the problem at hand. A lame person helping a lame person only makes the problem—the problem is the lame person wants to do something he cannot do on his own strength—worse.

A good decision must first be calibrated by the surround society to determine what is normal. If we lived in an insane asylum, it would be different, but the principle still applies. Those who are less insane and can function better as civilized humans can help the others, but they are all still insane. There is no single choice one can do that is considered good until the individual determines what is normal in the society it lives in. I could give millions of dollars to an insane person, but that person will not be helped. In fact, it could harm the individual. In choice making, the bad choices seem to be concrete, but the good choices seem to be abstract.


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