Civilized is a term that is often used to describe a people or nation. There are terms used that reflect on these notions of civilization such as deplorables. It is hard for an outsider such as myself not to notice what human beings are capable of and what they have accomplished. We have built a world, the world of people. This world of people lies inside a greater natural world. The human world is so vast, at least from my seat, that its takes us a great deal of effort and a great distance of travel to finally find these human free natural spaces. I much enjoy those natural spaces and I have found after spending some time, usually week to weeks, that when I find my way back to the human world I see and feel the technical comforts with new eyes and new hands. It is strange how I have to be away for a time to truly appreciate the wonders civilized humans have created.
If we take a moment and think about it there is only amazement at what has been accomplished. The Stone canyons of the great cities, mass transportation by rail or wheel on time most of the time. The machine coughs up currency when you ask for it, as long as you have enough available in your account. Flip a switch and on comes a light. Hot water is delivered to your sink or shower by some invisible entity. Busy people heading about their day all running on the same clock.
We can fix on the negative and the crumbling and lose sight of the wonders around us. The mind is a powerful and strange thing. Obviously these wonders were accomplished by planners, bosses and laborers, various skills in specialized sets. The educated have a tendency to undervalue skilled labor, I know I used to do it. Now I simply marvel at the skill with either numbers or trowel and hammer and wonder where all such knowledge came from. I hold the strange opinion that all this skill and knowledge has been generated by people. As I said the mind is an amazing thing.
Logic or the ability to think rationally is one of those things our minds allow us to do. People can rationalize about any situation, It can be a coping mechanism or a tool for destruction. I watch some dark documentaries on You Tube from crimes like serial rape or murder to coverage of this or that war along with news, Lots of people hurt or grieving visibly over the loss of the loved one(s) in very much the same way. Whether by a mass shooter, a serial killer, a 2000 pound block bluster or a hellfire missile. I am left wondering how these victims would react to each other even across national lines.
Are we still capable of seeing each other as people.
sometimes I think we do, that’s why so few of us can look over the pond at the horrors great countries are inflicting on the world. That we avoid staring unblinking at the pain an suffering in the world. What can one person with little means do anyway?
I’ve come to this conclusion: The Actor (any given individual) is always justified in their own mind for any Action they (any given individual) are about to undertake. This is called rationalization. There is a logic to it even though it may be inscrutable to an outsider. I came to this conclusion when thinking about serial killers, captains of industry and leaders of nations. When I strip away the position, the authority an look at the act itself, the level of premeditation, the tools used, the people affected and the penalty, if any. I find my self at an impasse. Obviously some people can kill massive numbers with out any real consequence. How can this be? All I can figure is how the individual and the people around them think about the act, the whys and wherefores.
IN other words how they rationalize it . As earlier stated.
The Actor is always justified in their own mind about the action they are going to undertake.
When I was younger it was easier to think about these things and make a judgement. Over time the net of judgment widened and then became tangled. My Grandfather was right. The older I get the more I realize how little I actually know. Everything comes into question. I am riddled with doubt and aware that I have so few facts.
So what is there that I can do?
I do one simple thing. I try and practice mental hygiene and use care to keep the way I think anchored and try and stay aware of the people in the world around me. Stay conscious of the consequences. I often find this exhausting. But is is necessary because I have been close to a terrible action in the past. That time I was doubly lucky as no one got hurt and I didn’t get locked up. I don’t want that situation to arise in my mind again.
This process can be exhausting.
I have a reason for writing this thing but it slipped away about a quarter of the way through the process. Win some lose some, I guess. I hope this is of some use and if not…
have a better thsn average day anyway.