One thing I really get tired of is the never-ending race to the bottom, where people think acting like animals is their right and nobody had better ever disagree with them, or else. I’m tired of the bad expectations, I look at it differently.
See, most lower animals operate on pure instinct and emotion, they have no ability to think rationally because most are barely even sentient. They operate on a pre-programmed path, doing what nature and biology demand of them because they have no other choice. however, as evolution progresses, as animals become more and more advanced, they start to have choices, they start to recognize that they’re not just mindless automatons. Then you get to humans, the current pinnacle of evolution on the planet, and we have free will, we have the ability for our intellect to override our instincts and emotions. We are not robots following DNA’s programming, we can do what we want.
That’s all well and good but only really matters if we actually *DO* something with our intellect. That’s kind of the problem, most of humanity isn’t interested in actually accomplishing anything with their brainpower, they just want to coast by on their primitive instincts and expect to be successful that way.
I’m currently doing a long series on cognitive biases, where people’s brains are telling them to do things in ways that are wholly irrational and illogical. These thought patterns may have had a use in the distant past, where pattern recognition and quick decision making were essential to our survival, but that’s just not how it works today. Evolution hasn’t cleared away the mental dead wood yet, we have to all be aware of it and mentally edit our thinking patterns so that we make good decisions.
It’s not just biology, it’s society as well. Many people, if they can keep their expectations low, figure why bother doing anything for themselves? They know that someone else will come along and give them a welfare check or a bag of food or pay to put a roof over their heads, so why bother working hard to achieve it on their own?
And let’s not stop there. Some people will only think of themselves or their little family group, they won’t consider how their actions affect others, their neighborhood or city or state or nation. Oh sure, some might react emotionally and want to give free stuff to lazy people because they feel bad that these people are too lazy to do it for themselves, but they don’t look at the big picture, how to achieve social sustainability. Imagine a nation where most people have all of the necessities, the food, clothing and shelter that they need, because they work hard for it and earn it on their own. That is infinitely better than having a constant under-class who has their hands out for freebies because they don’t want to get off their ass and get it for themselves. Imagine a world where people have respect for those around them and for the social structure that they’ve built up, where people follow the law, not because they’re afraid to get caught, but because the law actually means something. Imagine a planet where people have rights and freedoms, but also have responsibility for their actions. You can do what you want to do, but you’re responsible for what you actually do. That’s a self-governing system, where we have one standard and only one standard. You follow the rules of your community and your country and you have a part in establishing those rules with your vote. You can’t have anarchy but you can have stability and stability is one thing all humans need to thrive.
We really need to stop this race to the bottom. Religion pushes it. Liberalism pushes it. Conservatism doesn’t. That’s why I’m a rational conservative, one who rejects the absurdity of primitive human thought and demands that people be intelligent, rational and think about the world around them with a critical mind. We can get to all the right places by just thinking intellectually and not reacting emotionally. Why is this so hard for most people to understand?