I feel like I’m becoming amoral so I just start to not care about anything because I’m frustrated day to day as everything appears so absurdly funny in my mind. Why do I have to make the right decisions when a country’s leaders can choose to kill its opposition? It’s a very republican thing to do, to oppress the people.
But it works quite well. Disenfranchisement does its job and the few of the 1% smart enough move up. How is this different from Darwinism and naturally occuring biology?
I’m searching for people to categorically refute what I am saying so I can build a better moral fabric but it seems like given the actions and beliefs of people around me, no good deed ever goes unpunished.
I’m simply following a few moral philosophies as a framework to direct thinking
When i had previously referenced Kierkegaard, Sartre, Kafka, among other existential philosophers, those were politically neutral because they rejected the idea of all that from the start. I have always preferred that because it is no longer a you vs me, they vs them, type of conversation where people are segmented by group, whether socioeconomically, racially, etc.
That type of existential thinking, was rooted specifically in getting rid of institutionalization of everything, whether it was class, ethnicity, social status, education, etc. instead the type of existential topics that I had presented to you in the past few weeks were about the human itself, purely about each individual human being and was far more egalitarian in a sense.
From time to time, I did bring in the enlightenment thinkers, such as Rousseau, Locke, Hobbes, Voltaire, etc.
When you go forth and bring in politics, which often is about limiting or controlling the freedoms of people per an agreed upon “social contract”, then I must spring forth all the people responsible for determining how things have often become in different empires, from the Roman, to the Ottoman, etc.
Niccolò Machiavelli, who is often thought of as the father of modern political science is where all these ideas of struggle on either end, whether conservative or liberal, start to come to fruition. His ideas written in “The Price”, almost half a millennium ago heavily influence everything that is happening now, with the term “Machiavellianism” becoming one of the three dark triads. If you were to hold power over people, and control over them, then you had to subjugate them to no end. Why did the Roman empire and other successful states end up falling? Is it because we became too comfortable, educated, literary?
Fast forward a few hundred years from the 16th century and you start to realize that the rulers themselves had to keep people under control and subjugation otherwise havoc often ensued, and most certainly in recent history in the past 20-30 years, you could see that Putin and his military generals, and even Chinese military generals and government officials were horrified as to what happened in Romania to Nicolae Ceausescu. These are lessons to be learned, and it has demonstrated to the ruling class that there must be restraint put upon people otherwise they will lose control over what they deem to be society.
So whatever you deem to be moral or ethical really depends — the Saudi’s saw killing Jamal Khashoggi to be absolutely natural.