Why must it always be a question about what we would die for? Or give up our soul for? Or any other extreme form of self-punishment?
I was reading a fellow writer’s blog and it got me to thinking, got my wife and I to talking.
Why must Humanity constantly frame its outlook in such a fashion?
How about, what would Humanity live for?
How about what is your soul’s desire?
Just because there exists desire, does not mean there must always and automatically exist a corresponding denial. Or punishment. If you want something (and here I’m only talking about good things, nothing nefarious), simply want it. Don’t automatically factor in some guilt factor just because you want something.
There seems, within the Human Condition, an inbred Guilt System. Now, in the past I used to think that religions have had a lot to do with said, and stopped there. But if we take that further, religions were constructed by Humans, so if we follow to the logical conclusion, then within the Human Condition is an inherent guilt that found its way into religion (and no, I do not subscribe to any such notion of inherent evil, which could weave its way into the argument in the way of the need for self-sacrifice).
Perhaps it must be some form of Human Teachable Moment. That we are supposed to learn to deal with and banish. Get past.
Really, why must we automatically give something up just because we want something?
I propose that if we want something, something good and decent and beneficial to ourselves, then does this not also make the desire also good and decent for Humanity, because it makes an individual better, and Humanity is composed of massive amounts of individuals?
What is good for the one becomes good for the whole.
It creates and fosters a different kind of mindset.
A more positive outlook on the world.
Don’t create conflict where none exists.