THE PHILOSOPHER'S COMMENTS ON THE CURRENT PATHOS
There is a sickness in this country; one marker
is the brouhaha over the Shuttle. Was it 7 people that died? I work on mental fitness and so a lifetime of studies has put me on another level--I don't even own a television. To me each person counts as one, unless he is in the process of doing something important
for mankind, like contributing to the efforts to find a cure for Malaria, a cheaper form of birth control, or adding to basic
science. Was there an important scientist aboard?
Those aboard the shuttle must count as one. I mourn for the billions whose
life is cut short by disease, those whose mind has been made small from want of education, whose back had been broken by poverty. There are no tears left for merely 7 people.
There is a sickness in this world when billions
are spent on flights into space while in the last century billions died from want of food and the opportunistic diseases.
And there is a sickness when those with basement
windows on the world prefer hours of trivia about the Shuttle crash to that of learning about science, history, technology,
or the analysis of the great social critics.
There is a moral sickness that in this country
does not have the excuse of poverty and want of education.
The brotherhood of man has been argued for in
bits and pieces. A piece is in THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS, A FOUNDATION FOR ETHICS--jk and SOCIAL JUSTICE: EIGHT STEPS FORWARD, and "There are No Free Lunches: The Role of the Stock Market," and obliquely in the other papers I published. It is the moral sense of a utilitarian,
more pieces in the site utilitarianism, which has an article on the theory and biographical articles on the founders. Everywhere
is my concern, indignation voiced over cruelty, over ignorance, and the lack of rational skills. The failure of the average
person to significantly support the brotherhood of man one more indication of the inability to reason.
The logical chain is to be found in The Love
of All Things which set out the ingredients for living the good life. The
greater the amount of social justice that your society has, the greater are the chances that you, your immediate family, your
friends, relatives and so on are for them to live the good life. Moreover, by
living in a society where the people endeavor to live the ideal good life, the more harmonious will be the society and the
easier it will be to partake in the better activities. The media content will
be suitable, the recreational activities will be more healthful, and so on. And
people will be friendlier. I could go on and on about the economic/job benefits,
world peace, and so on. The point is that each person that no man is an island. The maxims of Bentham (The greatest happiness for the greatest number, and
each person counts as one) along with his understanding of the entailments of these principles are the foundation for
both the good life and the good society.