Selfish Charity


I think that most charitable people try to give to those who are in a state of need that they have not brought on themselves. That being said, I don’t think that anyone gives charitably for the good of anyone else when you look at the core of their reasoning. It’s a way of justifying what is a natural, evolutionary reaction. Organisms in general help those around them whose survival depends on the same needs as their own. Meaning: if we both need oxygen and you’re running out of it while I have a surplus, I believe that a subconscious reflex occurs and I naturally feel the need to help you. Plants do this. Trees will share nutrients with their sick neighbors when they are abundantly healthy themselves. They can even warn each other of incoming diseases so that their neighbors can prepare for it. This may seem “charitable” and selfless behavior but it’s not. It is built in to evolution and nature knows for us that our long-term survival (the survival of our own species) depends on our environment thriving as well.
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Doppelgänger of truth

While avoiding the dented up complexities of daily convention, maybe there is another thread of existence staring right at us. Squint hard, attempt (inadequately) to gather your thoughts in a novel way and then look again. Everything has moved, obviously. Do you believe that it has attempted to deceive or elude you? Surely it has done both of those things.

Applying mind to matter gives us assurance that it is quite easily morphed and manipulated. No assurance is given that that is not just a nifty guise – a distraction even. Contentment is a leap beyond survival. We feel happiness by exceeding survival and continually pulling those instincts into infinitely new and perhaps perverted realms. The illusion becomes real. Continue reading “Doppelgänger of truth”