How splendid that thing which above all other things make the simple fact of existence a treat. Beats and sound, like our existence without purpose or meaning, that cause the soul to become excited and makes this short and absurd trial called life seem as it is – something which is to be enjoyed and exists for no other reason. Of course ethically we exist to diminish the suffering of others, and we require science and social policy for this – but personally we exist simply to delight in our own lives, in our own creativity and in the creativity of others.
We exist first and foremost to serve, to extend this love, this compassion, this understanding and empathy to others, so they may not be in pain and they might experience the joys that only goodness can provide. That feeling of joy that comes from the love of humanity and eagerness to share love and benevolence. This life is something which must be first and foremost a tranquil and delight – not a burden. The goodness of this life comes through the amazing happenstance that those who operate from a good will, those who have the phenomenological state of love in their hearts are never burdened but heightened from their service to others.
We humans, with minds like no other beasts, would be in a hellish state if we had the bodies of rabbits or ducks, creatures incapable of creating the means of both removing the unpleasant stimulus of rain, heat, cold and can create the pleasant and intellectually stimulating aspects of existence that is the project of civilization. Humans alone have the minds capable of boredom and irritation and alone have the bodies and creativity of satisfying their needs for entertainment. These two facts, the happy happenstance of the good will being a will of service and enjoyment and the coupling of the physiology of the human mind and the human anatomy are things we should always try to be appreciative of and rejoice in whenever possible.
Human beings are capable unlike any other creature to have a personal relation to existence in his state of being, to rejoice or feel condemned by his or her existence. We should always remember that our own lives are always things which should be rejoiced in as along as we are capable of this good will and are free of pain. Pain is a state that in those who are healthy is ephemeral, and the good will is something that returns to us with ease as we continue to practice. Humans are capable of living good lives no matter how pointless those lives are existentially, and lives that have great purpose ethically due to the wretched state so many beings are in on this planet. We are both more unfortunate and more fortunate than all other creatures on this earth, perhaps all other creatures in existence. Though the will is not free, it is up to us with our pre-decided fates to live as if we were free and “choose” to act ethically and rightly – that is to say, with the good will to diminish pain. But we also personally can delight in that which has no utility for others and only for ourselves to the extent we can derive pleasure from them. We can rejoice in life despite the great pain of existence, and love and forgive for we realize the material and causal nature of our fellow sufferers.
The goodness in humanity is like a muscle, it must be exercised, and because of certain institutions it seldom is. A man must be encouraged and taught the love of humanity and blessing(s) of the good will; if you try to force a man to be good, he will never be truly good for he never had the choice, and therefore will never be acting on his own accord and according to his own nature. Instead of punishing the “sinful” we must give them love – so that they may be loving. Human beings respond very-much the way Hume described. If I spit in your face, after you steal something from me, will you feel morally panged that you wronged me? No. You will feel confirmed in your actions for I responded in a way that may in some sense (depending on the circumstance) be worse than the original transgression. But what if I show you love after you wrong me? You will feel guilt. And this capacity to feel guilt shows the fact that humans have a moral psychology, that is, they have the innate capacity to feel pained by the pains of others, particularly if they themselves are inflicting them.
This is one reason why Anarchism is a solution to both first world and third world society. The Third World must revolt against their Capitalist oppressors and corrupts Statesmen and create sovereign and economic interdependent communities of sovereign interdependent individuals. In the First World Man is too oppressed by Capitalism, but he is also oppressed by his own Ego and appetite. If he were taught and given the opportunity to act on his nobler proclivities many more would than today. The modern Capitalist State with business and taxes do not promote good will; instead, everything is turned into a transaction, and our “charitable” contributions are taken from us so we are not burdened with the responsibility of being moral human beings. Many, I believe, do not help because they believe their tax money goes to help those in need. And though this is true in some cases, it isn’t in others, and we would all benefit, those with material resource and those without, from an exercise in moral sentiment.
We have to remember who we are in our best moments, and try to teach others through example that goodness and generosity is not a burden but are themselves gifts. We have to remember to be kind to others, but also be kind to ourselves. The solution to the project of civilization isn’t scientific or technological – it’s experiential. We must experience the world in a moral tone before we act in such a way, and we must act in such a way before it will be in such a way. Technology has its utility but has a tendency to stimulate the Ego rather than the heart.
Today is my birthday. Just the fact that we celebrate birthdays, the remembrance of another human being coming into existence and rejoicing in someone else’s life shows the human capacity for good will and love. For consideration of others as individuals rather than simply means to our ends. We can always love. And love is never worse off than Ego. For even if we cannot help those we love, and even if they respond with vitriol and viciousness, we will always be better off because we loved rather than thought of ourselves. The man who never thinks of himself never needs to – he already has everything.