a reply to: ketsuko
True altruism, that impulse to help, is something that we learn and are taught, not something that's born into us. That we see this is clear evidence
that people aren't learning that anymore.
I'm honestly divided on that. I mean whether it's born into us or not.
That's almost sounds like predetermination.
Like nobody has a choice.
Like they're just going to do what they were born to do...
I mean yeah, it IS taught to some, but not
to many others
can still make great choices....because it is their Choice
Hell, those "others" ( not "taught"
) influenced my life greatly. "They" taught me a hell of a lot.
In my younger years I was raised "right" whatever that may be interpreted as....help others, and such.
But the time when I was even a kid (granted I didn't know anything beyond my childish thinking) and even though I was the one winning the arm
wrestling and all that stupid s*(_ ...the guys that to look at..well you'd think they were from the wrong side of the "tracks").
But GD they sure as hell proved to be much better people than appearances made others seem.
When I was challenged to fight (and it was a lot, because I was just weird plus kind of smart) all these guys who most people would look at and call
"ruffians' stood up for me before I even got to the spot to fight.
Appearances are just that--facades. One may look like the most respectable wtf in the world but really is a sick bastard, while those who care more
about their CHARACTER than their appearance can surprise and teach sooooo many by their actions.
A nice photo doesn't mean s9678
I feel like I'm somehow speaking up for Holden Caulfield and defending him against John Lennon's killer (who completely missed the point, sadly)
I guess I could make my own thread about Salinger's writings and actually think I should, because most are about Zen and precociousness and dealing
with it all--being different. ----One of Salinger's creations in the "Glass family killed himself over it all....digressing.
edit on 5/7/2014
by Chamberf=6 because: ugh