Originally posted by Dreamz
Lib, I understand your point of view and it does have some bearings behind it. But the thought of us protecting our own is not only implanted into our
minds but many others as well. Do you see a Lion feeding a baby seal, a seal feeding a ostrich or a tree which is a inanimate object protecting a
flower. The facto of the matter is we breed our own and tend to protect the weakest and that is unique in humans because other species have the theory
of leave the weakest behind.
We with our advanced thinking skills look for ways to not let the weakest behind but to let them join us equally. And for whoever said that young
people have the same intelligence as older people, I tend to disagree for the most part. Not because they dont have the abilty to be as smart, but
life experiences teach us a whole helluva lot and the older you get the more experiences you have for the most part. This is not true 100% of the
time, but definately the majority.
Does it mean that I will take someones opinion who is younger than me with a static of doubt, no...But as far as facts and experience I tend to
believe older people have the edge. Im not trying to discriminate because I am only 25 and look more like 18 so I get that age # all the time, but to
some bearings it does hold true. I think exceptions also can be had when it comes to a certain job or duty at hand, what worked when some old folk was
young wont work as well as what some young folk now can know. I hope that makes sense.
But why is this protection? Because we know what it is like to be in a situation of helplessness, and don't want to let others who are weaker be
subjected to this situation, right? We want others to be as happy as possible, as we KNOW what pain is like. Ok...
But once again, trying to remove negative experiences from others cuts them off from important lessons in life, that WILL protect them in the future
if allowed to happen. Being overprotected makes the creature (person or animal) oblivious to danger!
Also, animals can grow attachments and have emotions as well, so it's not always "society" that tells you what to do, though it's a major
influence at least for humans. Of course, let's not forget, there are people who enjoy pain and such. That simply shows that happiness is subjective
and can be achieved no matter what the situation is.. if seen from a different perspective.
For example, saving someone from falling off a bridge could mean you just let a potential future serial killer live. You only know the immediate
result and the rush of "satisfaction" in your mind that you did "good". But you can never really know what it is you did! Remember during Clinton
years, Clinton had a chance to get Bin Laden but chose not to? Well, if Bin Laden IS indeed responsible for 9/11, that "sympathy" cost 3000 people
Once again, interference with the free will of others, and with the natural process of the world, is simply serving your own desire to protect and
mold the world to what you would want it to be. Pain and suffering are a VERY important part of the world, and teach many important lessons
(obviously!). And the urge to prevent each individual one may sometimes be strong, but one must remember that it is simply your perspective and your
own selfish idea that this situation should not be allowed to occur that makes you protect someone.
It's a mix of socially-induced morality, selfishness, and wanting others to be "happy" based on what YOU personally understand happiness to be. But
all does not mould to anyone's individual perspective...
So all I am saying is, the immediate action that seems "good" in the short run, can have absolutely unpredictable and possibly extremely negative
consequences in the longer term.