The conspiracy I am speaking of is that of being a "good person" and the idea that being a good and virtuous person is a goal all people should
Most religions hold such virtues as honesty, compassion, generosity and selflessness as their most righteous goals. Our western society idolizes and
sanctifies those people that we feel most embody the ideal of a "good person", Mother Theresa, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, even those people who would
otherwise be considered selfish businessmen can change their image through humanitarian actions. Those members of society who are known for being
concerned with only themselves are often maligned and hated, made to be modern devils and held up as examples of what not to do.
Though I have studied much and, in the past, have sought to embody these positive concepts as best I can, I must admit that I no longer believe these
goals to be worthwhile. It doesn't take much knowledge of religion or philosophy to see who gains the most in our society. This is no modern
occurrence as a brief study of history will plainly show that those who have succeeded the most, who have gained the most, were ruthless, selfish,
self serving and merciless. This is true for almost every facet of life both modern and historic.
Experience proves that the more one gives, the more others will take. The more you do for others the more they will expect you to do for them. It is
undeniable that there are certain situations where total honesty will result in direct misery to one's self where as deceit will offer one both
comfort and the ability to continue such deception. Selflessness and generosity may help another to succeed but self service, ambition and desire
will help you achieve what you want out of life. There is, however, one underlying necessity to the attainment of life's goals in such a manner and
that is the fact that others will attempt to be "good people" and you will be able to gain from their generosity, honesty and self sacrifice.
Therein lies the conspiracy. The concept that we should all try to be "good people", the idea that "good people" get into heaven, that the righteous
will have their reward, that self sacrifice is appreciated and that generosity always offers a much higher return is what keeps us in line. This
concept is what makes it possible for those with merciless ambition to rise above their fellow man and possibly come to dominate them whether it be
financially, politically or through religious means. The idea that we should be good is ingrained in us from a very young age and most people will
buy into it. In order to carry this concept through life people are required to deceive themselves to such an extent that dissonance is inevitable
when people are confronted with the reality of the world around us. In simple terms, we know that the good person concept is wrong, we see it every
day yet we still cling to it in desperate hope that one day we will be rewarded, that our selfless actions will be appreciated. We tell ourselves
that while we may not have riches or power we are somehow better than those that do because we labor selflessly and in obscurity, never expecting
praise or appreciation. It is exactly this mode of thought that allows others to dominate us.
The only way to succeed in this world is to serve one's self. One must have ambition, one must be ruthless, cunning and deceitful. You must prey on
other people's poorly conceived notions of "good" and use these to your own end. If you want something and you must lie to someone to achieve it then
your only options are to be deceitful or go without. The decision is one that we must all make, will we accept that fact that false virtues are
nothing but a tool to constrain the masses or will we buy into the lies told to us by those who do not practice what they preach? The only true path
to both success and peace in one's mind and heart is to be honest with yourself, if you know, intellectually, that the world works in one way then you
must not tell yourself differently and act contrary to what you know to be true.
I feel I must clarify one thing before I finish and that is that one must be perceived as a good person who deserves what they gain in life. You can
not go through live taking and praising yourself like a spoiled child. People must like you before they will give to you, people must think you are
fair or they will not follow you, you must seem compassionate or they will not listen to you. You must always keep your machinations secret for if
your true motivations are discovered people will react negatively and all your plans will fail. You must always be perceived as a righteous and
virtuous person and people will be entirely influenced by what you do and say. This is a fine art and requires much study and practice but is
something that can be used to much effect in all aspects of life. If done correctly one may use other people to one's own gain and people will be
grateful for it, simply offer them what they want and they will give you anything in return.
People may judge what I have said negatively but it is the way of the world in which we live. A well rounded person sees the world for what it is and
acts accordingly. A fulfilled person sees their interactions with others for what they truly are and does not attempt to deceive themselves with
altruistic philosophy. Live yoru life however you wish, attempt to be Christlike if you must but do not bemoan your lot in life when you realize that
you have been used, are unhappy and have not achieved those things which you desire.
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