Musings

I’ve been lied to by my heart.  I’ve been lied to by my head. 

I have never been lied to by ethics-bounded results.

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  1. The good news is they are lies. Lies are illussions. They are not reality. Some say lies you tell yourself are delusions. Falsehoods we believe over time.
    Sticks and stones may break your bones, but lies~ they’ll steal from you. Funny how my conscience works…

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  2. What do you mean by “ethics-bounded” results? I can see that “what happens” is the test for our feelings and our thinking, but what does that have to do with ethics – i.e. ego-driven formulations of “shoulds”?

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    • To me, ethics isn’t a “should” derived from society, but rather one that’s derived from studying one’s own behavior and tendencies over time, and seeing what one personally finds acceptable and not. So if results aren’t bounded by a personal code of ethics, then even though the result might be “positive,” it will cause mental dissonance later on.

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      • A “should” derived from one’s own ideas of what is acceptable is still a “should” and we still follow it for egotistical reasons, i.e. in order to be able to tell ourselves that we are a “good person”. I’m not saying we don’t need our personal code of ethics, but it is a compromise that we need because we are ego-embattled individuals, alienated from our loving instinct – we have to have an egotistical reason to restrain our selfishness and malevolence, but, if we can, it is better to heal the wounds that cause us to deviate from loving behaviour so that we will no longer need ethics.

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      • I don’t see it as done for egotistical reasons, for the self-aggrandizing reason of calling oneself a “good person,” but rather out of humility: If someone observes themselves over the course of time, they can start tracking what behaviors cause dissonance within their mind. Then they can adjust their actions so that dissonance is eliminated, or, if they wish, change their own nature, which would necessitate a deeper change. But without humbly acknowledging the “ego,” that force which drives us to evolve and accomplish, I believe we are cutting ourselves off from a valuable tool, though your point is noted: it can get out of control.

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