reply to post by zeroBelief
I agree completely...one that I think you should add to the list of "golden rules" would be "live and let live"
Its interesting how some value minding their own business but throw that value system out the window when they get the opportunity to try and be a
hero. In terms of "saving the planet" or "saving humanity" or "saving the animals" etc...heroic endeavors to do the exact opposite of mind ones own
The problem with simply stating "mind ones own business" is that people interpret what exactly their business IS differently...
As you can see through some of the posts here...if you crap in the woods that could potentially be construed as someone else s business because they
live on the same earth...there isn't a clear universal line here...its more like a croshay of boundaries...7 billion different boundaries
So while I agree its best to mind ones own business its not necessarily a philosophy that is interpreted or understood and applied universally.
I know people who think spying on the neighbors is their business because they share the same street...or that how they parent is their business
because their kids go to the same school...
The problem with this philosophy is that it requires one to give the benefit of the doubt to complete strangers in a world ran by fear...people would
rather spy and be spied on under the illusion that is makes them safer...
Lets take the "spiritually awake crowd" that have a paradoxical philosophy where by they don't judge others because they "don't know their journey"
but judge to the hell-fire anyone who wan'ts a PlayStation 4 while people in Africa are starving...
While I agree completely with live and let live philosophy...the interpretation of that is skewed 7 billion different ways.
I'll end with this...
In a world rampant with fear where potential harm is perceived around every corner...everything is everyone's business...so we can conceptually be in
a state where people ARE minding their own business...but the experiential outcome is the exact opposite.
Once again this all roots back to FEAR...
First of all, thank you for your well thought out response to my post. I for sure appreciate it.
I understand your thoughts regarding fear, and it's importance with regards to the thoughts I imply in my credo.
I think that much of the confusion garnered by my credo is the fact that there is far more to it other than what is at first apparent.
For instance, when I say "mind your own business"....am I saying to ignore? No. Not at all. Many are also taking the intent of my credo as an
absolute, as something inflexible. As meant to be something followed to it's end in spite of itself. As with anything in life, it is a tool. It is
not the path, or the destination. It must be constantly regarded, reviewed, and tested.
The only reason why I even thought to post it in such an open forum is because it is something that has consistently proven itself to me in merit time
One last thought..."minding your own business"....The way I see it, the folks who commented here negatively to what I've had to say....well, are not
minding their own business. They clearly feel the need to attempt to "correct" my viewpoint, rather than simply allow me to be. My credo doesn't hurt
them. It doesn't threaten them, at least not in any other way than possibly intellectually.
It is not a credo that is out to hurt anyone. For instance, it does not say anything to the effect of "For me to live, X must die" or "For me to
live, X must be eradicated". It simply asks that one respect themselves and their own limits with regards to anothers.
If I am so deluded, why not just smile, and walk on? Rather than living and let live. At no point did I suggest that anyone be forced to see things he
way I did, or that they should. I also clearly stated at the beginning of the thread that I was curious as to who agreed with this credo. Yet, folks
feel compelled to offer up their opinion clearly where it wasn't wanted, needed, or invited.
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