Originally posted by intrepid
Lilblam, interesting points. There are more than one thread on this. On the other I deal with politics, on this one I deal with the way things are. It
is not my job to take care of a neighbor, it's his. I am not talking about society here, I'm talking about my family, which includes 2 girls under
10. Anyone fu(ks with my family, Pray.
And I understand this, I have no "problem" with anything you do to anyone as a reaction to harm to your family. In fact, I'd probably do the same
thing (though I don't know, and I hope I don't). But I understand how powerful emotion can be and that my rational thought might be temporarily
disabled. But I am learning to control myself in any situation, and to *always* THINK before I act.
Also, I understand it is not your job to defend that which belongs to your neighbor (again, that damn word.. possession). When you say it is "your
wife", that's fine. But you do realise that you don't own anyone, no matter how overprotective or defensive you feel. Doesn't matter if you have a
"lease" for your property or what not, you don't REALLY own your house. In the eyes of the government you do, for legal purposes. But seriously,
you don't own a single atom outside your own body... and even that you don't really own. It is absolutely outside your control, no matter how much
you would try to assure yourself that you have control over things in your life.
But the connection you share with your family, the attachment you feel, and the instinctive defensiveness you feel are all part of your emotions,
hence "feel". The mind will try to rationalize such emotion as "decent" or "normal" or "right", but it is simply grasping at straws in its
attempt to persuade YOU that this is what you should indeed do.
There is no real logic behind this! You don't have those feelings for some stranger, and that's rationalized as "cuz I don't love him, and he's
not part of my family".
But despite all our rationalizations of the daily things we do/feel/think, is it really so "horrible" to try to avoid violating other people's free
will, and allowing people to experience that which comes to them, WITHOUT attachments?
For example, could our society function without the attachments, but rather with cooperation of all, and simply giving to others and in turn getting
back what you give as the OTHERS give to you, and everyone else as well. Instead of a pleasure-seeking service to self society. It seems that not only
would it function, it would be exponentially more progress-oriented, and we would've been traveling the stars a LONG "time" ago.