I have a theory, among others, about the nature of human kindness.
Most of my theories revolve around the principle of negation. That is to say, we find truth, or what is right, through the recognition and interpretation of the transcendence of our social sensibility.
I posit my argument on the platform of destructed and re-constructed natures of the objective individuals (or society as a whole).
Observe now, what I observe; 1) I drive in my car, a person wants to change lanes, I let them get over, they wave in the manner of gratitude. 2) I hold the door open for someone, and they say thank you in the manner of gratitude.
Those two empirical points delimit the parameters of the theory; human kindness used to be innate, but now, that kindness has died [in a figurative sense]. What is to blame for this murder of virtue? Simply put, it is our progressive society.
What once used to be a whole is now a split of a split of a split. society is not a whole; it is a summation of "ones", or "individuals". We no longer began to care for anyone but ourselves. Our selfishness took over, and we were doomed to be that way for our entire lives.
However, with death comes life. The virtue of human kindness may have died, but that doesn't mean a new sort of virtue wasn't born in its place. I base this conclusion on the fact that people thank us for doing good things. The person waved to me for letting them change lanes; the person thanked me for holding the door open for them. if human kindness was vested in us, and eternal, then these common salutations would no longer be necessary. Every act would be for the sake of kindness. we would not take anything for granted, because we know that we would return the favor in kind.
However, once again, we observe, through negation, that human kindness is dead, and has to be reborn within the individual. It is the individual's sole responsibility for this rebirth.
Accordingly, the very fact that we must show thanks for peoples' actions indicates that kindness is dead, and we are all doing our part to see it live and thrive again, if not for the very first time.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I [apparently] wrote this October 13, 2006: