I crave intelligent conversation. I crave intelligent topics that actually make my brain look at things in a different way. I love sharing ideas and dissecting thoughts. I also love being able to put those away and have mindless fun. This weekend I did a lot of both. My friend Tom is a pinball and old atari games collector. We have lunch together about once a month when we can, but we had not been doing it in the past couple of months. I am glad we had the chance to see each other a couple of times this past week because it finally made something in my head click.
I have been having this discussion with EmawKC for a while about people’s goodness. The simple idea begins as just a simple discussion about how being a nice person is a choice. You either chose to be a good person, help others, care about others, etc. However, this is a lot more complicated than that. Being apathetic is also a choice and requires no work… but does that make you a good or bad person? What about the person that seems to work very hard at being disliked by others? Are we good or bad by nature, do our instincts rule us?
There is a really weird twist to this whole topic, and it has to do with knowledge. Some people claim ignorance as a shield for their behavior. If they don’t “know” they are being corrosive to a situation, they do no claim responsibility. We also little by little become trained to dismiss stupidity in conversation as ignorance. Inappropriate behavior is rampant and so many claim that political correctness is what made it all worse. It just becomes harder and harder to interact with people that are close minded or have views that conflict with what you believe is reality.
I am not an expert on anything, and most of what I post here is more exploration than postulation. Ideas string together to maybe spark some knowledge gathering and sharing. I can speak of what I have gone through and done, and encourage someone towards the path of possibility. Would you take financial advice from a beggar on the street? What about if he was a wall street guru that through circumstances lost his sanity and mind, except for that of sharp numbers?
Through my conversation I have come to the conclusion that so many points of view are so wrong that they are not even worth my time. So many people in this society have become so accustomed to the individualism mantra that anything opposite sounds foreign. We are a society in war with the thought of community and even less of a clue when it comes to cultural identity. We turned personal responsibility into a game of finger pointing and forgot what it really means. People today don’t look at a situation to see how they help create it, but rather how they can blame someone else for placing them on that situation.
So it goes back to the choice. I think change is coming, change has come. This is not Obama, or politics, or even religion. It simply means that in my experience a choice has to be made by the individual and a path has to be chosen. Are you good by choice? Do you try to be a nice person? Do you try to care for others?