The Platinum Rule

En amerikan som jag lärde känna över internet för ungefär fyra år sen uppdaterade sin livejournal med en lång text om vad vi som individer måste göra för att uppnå ett bättre [tag]samhälle[/tag] och en bättre värld. Tyckte det var rätt [tag]läsvärt[/tag].

What is the purpose of this life? Is it to love, to hurt, to cry, to listen, to understand, to think, to feel, to be? I agree that at times this life seems pointless, one step forward and seven steps backward. There are also times where I see the sky for what it is, a vessel into the soul, and love the planet I have been thrust upon. If the point of my existence is merely to be, then I serve a purpose greater than I could ever imagine. For in my existence I have the ability to meet others and partake in their own personal existence.

People are told constantly to be individuals. We forget we are part of a mass of individuals. All pulling and pushing to find their own way, all influencing each other in their own pursuit of their own personal way to happiness. Thus we are not mere individuals, but something greater. We forget this when we sit inside, when we confine ourselves to one school of thought, one voice, one brain, one channel, one note, one existence. We act selfishly, we hurt others for our own good, we are apathetic, we are foolish, we act out of pride and intolerance without thinking of what it might be like to be them, that they have a right to happiness too. Once we can fully put ourselves into someone else’s shoes we will be one step closer to [tag]utopi[/tag]a.

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[tags]individualitet, filosofi, gyllene regeln[/tags]

Understanding is the bane of the masses. We want everyone to understand us and yet we forget that we must understand others in the same kind. Elton John said that religion should be outlawed. This coming from the man who wants religions to accept him as a homosexual. To me, this creates a problem. We wish to be understood at the expense of others. The same people protesting soldier funerals with signs that say “God Hates Fags” are committing the same fallacy that Elton John is committing (though I would say that one is far more extreme, flex your critical thinking muscle and guess which one I mean.)

Karl Marx said, “Religious suffering is at one and the same time the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is therefore in embryo the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.”

To me, this means that to get rid of the people’s illusionary happiness, one will have to give them REAL happiness. You tell me which one is easier to obtain.

Stagnation is the bane of life. We become accustomed to a certain way of life, a certain ideal that we adhere to, and we forget about the new information being discovered every day. Can you believe that there are people in Africa that believe AIDS can be cured by having sex with a virgin? What about that some people still believe the earth is flat (No bullshit)? People stick to an idea, a thought, that appeals to them, that makes sense to them, and they forget that everyone thinks differently. That we are all individuals trying to coexist in a non-individualistic society. One person likes cheese, another doesn’t, they offer both at a restaurant. Why can’t we accommodate everyone like this (Yes I realize that some people want to kill all Muslims and others want to rape little kids, but work with me on this shit alright?)

We have focused on The Golden Rule too long, we must now focus on The Platinum Rule. Treat everyone LIKE THEY want to be treated, not you.

I am by no means a scholar. I am by no means the next Socrates or Aristotle, nor would I ever think to compare myself to them. I merely wish to be heard over the clamoring voices of a dying world.

Jag håller absolut med i det han skriver, och trots min politiska färg tycker jag verkligen att Marx-citatet är lysande.

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