Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Is love all you need?

Ever heard anybody say the following – “People have the right to do whatever they want with their money”? I know I have, many times. What about – “Money is power”? Again, often heard, most likely from the very same people. Somehow, however, people do not seem to put two and two together – People have the right to do whatever they want with their power. That last seems to me to be very close to something akin to the fascistic love of strength.
The issue is significant as, to do anything, one requires power; power that in our society has become more formalised and quantified than in any other society, quantified in the form of money. However, the pursuit of power only incidentally happens to cross the path of doing the right thing. Of course, it may happen to be the case that the most effective way to ensure greater power for oneself one should do something which is to the greater good but that is either happenstance or, hopefully, due to the working of a well-instituted society. Any link between power and goodness is the one that we form, ourselves. This is what I mean by saying that we live in an immoral universal, and this is why I think that we have to be moral – to make up for that universal immorality.


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