The realization of more conscious adeptness in life can lead to great use or abuse. Like anything, powers can be used like two-sided coins, you find the balance of equilibrium or you decide to work on one side. Finding equilibrium with a coin is a pain in the ass off course and I don’t know many people who are able to always be perfectly in balance nor stable.
The self-governing individual is capable of finding that equilibrium and remaining their for long periods of time. This is an art of living and can be practiced as can any art. One who has some level of self-mastery has the ability to choice their reality to a certain limit. The free will of other people will always be overlapped by your own free will. Total independence is, therefore, not possible and to me the pursuit of freedom is something that can only be strived for with no total end point in finding ‘complete freedom’ or something. So then the question is what freedom really means and how the higher levels of it look like rather then thinking that complete freedom is ‘doing all you want, without consequence’. The above being said, the logical conclusion is then that interdependence is indeed more realistic and necessary in order to co-exist and thrive together. Then it would depend on the individual itself to what degree s/he wants to experience a level of independence and interdependence.
What is completely independent though is how we experience life. We are the complete governor of our perspectives. The glasses we use in observing reality is ours only. However, it isn’t fair to claim that everybody has this ability within reach. It is like saying that everyone can be Mozart in one day. This isn’t realistic of course, and, therefore, social ethics, norms and standards are created in the ‘power of law’ as example to make sure there is attempt at an equal playing field for all agents within a socioeconomic system.
It is impossible to argue that the less fortunate people in life are completely responsible for their misery. To a degree they are, but only to the extend of their own capabilities. What is necessary, I think, is the ability to level with the point of development with the other. Only by leveling can we understand and see other people in their shortcomings. By sticking to ones own perspective, we turn into harsh teachers that leave complete responsibility at the ones suffering.
This lack of compassion originates from a lack of empathy which is a lack of understanding feelings. Ethics are, therefore, important to prevent injustice done to others who need mentor ship or help in order to move forward. “protect the defenseless” is a good motto for this concept. The self-governing individual may have it’s life well-organized, but can have great problems with empathy because of the separation with the group. Individual originates from the Latin word “individuus” which means “divisible”. Individualism can bring great boons to the society, if s/he remains connected to the suffering of that society. Otherwise, the individual will lack empathy and his sense of meaning will only extend to it’s own circle of needs.
It’s boons will only serve his or her own desires, and if those desires will be for self-gain only, s/he then neglects the importance of redeeming his or hers society. It’s ecological function will then only be that of parasitism (read: consumerism), and, therefore, destroying the sustainability of common needs and fulfillment. Like a mosquito who lives on the blood of humans, can we say that consumerism or the detached self-governing individual is like a mosquito. The self-governing individual is then personally identified by the archetypal energies of creation and starts to think s/he is the center of the universe. Greed and entitlement easily grows when societies gives consent to the behavior of such individuals. That consent is what causing people to believe that they are entitled to use more then they need at the expense of others.
Co-existence is only possible by having a mutual symbiotic relationship with the members of the society
Co-existence will not be possible when one member of the society benefits at the expense of others, without sharing a compensation to balance out the resources used (physical, mental, emotional or energetic)
“Parasitism is a non-mutual symbiotic relationship between species, where one species, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host. Traditionally parasite referred primarily to organisms visible to the naked eye, or macroparasites (such as helminths).” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitism
You learn a lot while hunting down mosquito’s all night….
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