I have degrees in Ancient, American and World History. I have degrees, minor fields, in Political Science. I've lived one half of a century. As a poet I've observed and recorded my view and thoughts about the world, both in fiction, and autobiography. I've tried to understand the world that I live upon. But I don't understand it. I see so many paths people take, and so few that reward more than momentarily. And almost none of those paths do I see being taken by people that will reward them outside of monetary or leisure pleasures. In this time I've seen humans express great things, love, peace, hope, and more. But I have seen precious little of people trying to accomplish those things.
“All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” Friedrich Nietzsche
A bacteria or virus on Mars would be thought to be a form of life, but a fetus in a womb is not considered to be a life. As a child of rape I look upon the world of the present as many things. I have no qualms about saying that if I were to be egg and sperm fertilized now, I'd be blown out of the womb before anyone could count to ten. I am not, btw, an arch- conservative politico suggesting my birth mother should have been forced to birth me. I was a burden upon her. She suffered for my sins and that of others. Nothing she did earned her the trials of my burden. Modern life has changed in many ways. It has permeated culture that decisions of life and death ought to be given weight to the sufferer versus society. As some people have said to me, abortion choice or not: I exist. And as such, I know the seed of life can not be logically made to fit moral frameworks. If I die in the womb, and was wanted, I am life, but if I die by the abortion doctor's hand, or by natural selection, I wasn't life?
"One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.” Friedrich Nietzsche
In the world outside my door, people have fretted about crime, despite violent crime trending less by the year. Many critics of the criminal justice system point out that an inmate is given hundreds of opportunities to express his case, and a victim of murder is not. I've been told that Capital Punishment is wrong. And I've seen stories of wrongful executions. At the same time, I've seen society mince about when they have an avowed murderer trying to wipe the needle for cleanliness sake, and I can even imagine them postponing the date of execution, due to poor criminal's current state of health. Why bother? Dead is dead. Lethal injection was complained about, and due to the desire to make the death "humane" and civil, and as a result, a number of lethal injection have been botched. The best answer is honesty. A guillotine would be an instant form of death, humane, and is only considered cruel in the thought of it, but not in the deed of it. Being killed painlessly and instantly is the goal of execution, right?
"Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species." Friedrich Nietzsche
With society growing so modern, so secular we will face more decisions about life that are not based upon the values and morals that belief in church/mosques/synagogues, teachings, god/s had helped define. I am aware, well aware, that while atheists, agnostics and people of different spiritual views can be moral, the change is deep, has been fast, and is confusing even to the people who were not moral activists on any sort of issue. The world, the western world in particular, is changing its mind, its thinking regarding where it gets it's values. Sanctity of the individual seems to be the most important component to modern western civilization. I have questions about life, and my answers are informed by my experiences, beliefs, and my hope for the future. There will be people who disagree with my views, will even tell me I am wrong for "thinking/believing" something. Yet, that is my right, or domain, according to modern society. Free speech is truly not, so I am saying these things here, with the realization that few will read, and that I control my content.
Modern society means the individual is the decision maker though. Yet, we have lived in a world where for many years suicide was illegal. Modernity focuses upon the individual? Well if you consider that Political correctness is a function of being approachable to the herd of people you agree with, no. Herd instinct magnified is modernity. And when humans realize this, it might be far too late to correct its tendencies to allow freedom and choice again.
"He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying." Friedrich Nietzsche
The stage then we act upon is small, we do not go far beyond our world, and the actors are not allowed much leeway to speak freely rather than their prepared lines. We then celebrate the individual and claim we are our own director, our own master. We hold the power over our own lives. But, not really. We have people who want to leave the theatre early, and the ushers say no. We have people who are desperate to not leave until the last moment of the play, and they are escorted out. And then the curtain falls, and do we applaud, or do we sit in wonderment at what we've seen?
Der Gehenkte an der Glocke
"There is the moral of all human tales;
'Tis but the same rehearsal of the past.
First freedom and then Glory – when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption – barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page..."