Today I will list some of your sacred cows so you can slaughter them.
Nobody deserves anything. The concept of deservedness has no connection to how the world actually works. It is a lie created by the ego to rationalize the non-manifestation of something it wants. Thinking you are owed something is practically guaranteed to cause you to lack that thing forever.
Let’s say you work five years at a job, coming in on time every day, working overtime, and giving 110%. You deserve a pay rise, right? You have shown the company your value and you ought to be rewarded for it. However, all you really showed is that you’re willing to work five years, doing an excellent job, at your existing level of pay. Your deservedness exists only in your mind and if they say yes or no you can almost be certain that your sense of deservedness had nothing to do with their decision. There is zero correlation between your sense of deservedness and the actual outcome. Thus, deservedness is not only an unreliable compass, but actually serves the status quo.
I’m not offering some alternative wisdom here. Rather, I’m negating bad concepts so you can see what’s left at the end of it.
If an old woman falls in the street and a man rushes forward to pick her up, onlookers might think, “He’s a very moral man”. However, his body was probably moving towards her before he even had a thought about it. It was his inclination to help. Another man who walks on by might be considered immoral, but similarly it was his inclination to walk on by. The morality is something applied to the situation after the fact and exists only in others’ minds.
The desire to help is primate empathy – a body inclination. We can try to encourage it by creating a system of theoretical rewards for such behaviour and punishments for its obverse. However, those rewards and punishments then persist as simply more body inclinations of desire and aversion.
The idea that good deeds beget favourable future outcomes is only true insofar that such behaviours trigger similar responses in other empathically-inclined primates. All the ones not so inclined will not think twice about walking all over you. If you think you deserve good things because you’re a good person then you’re just falling into the trap laid out in the previous section. We all know that bad things happen to good people. This is because bad things happen to everyone. Morality is not the causal system you assume it to be. It’s just a balm to soothe fears and encourage hope in the goodness of society.
The realization that we’re all just individuals following our own particular and nuanced inclinations puts paid to the concept of society. If you think we’re all in this together, talk to your neighbour about something controversial. Whoever was your ally a moment ago is now your enemy through a simple change in conversation. Unity is the exception; division is the rule. Society is another concept made up to assuage the knowledge that you are a lone perspective on a completely individual and customized path. The idea that there even is a society out there that you somehow have to serve is a pernicious one which undermines your own personal will.
So, what now?
A post like this is supposed to be a bomb that blows up everything in order that you can see what’s left. It is a process of negating untruth rather than discovering truth (the end result being the same, except this way you don’t invent new concepts to cover the holes blown in your reality).
So, if you destroy all the made-up concepts designed to soothe fears, what’s left?
- Inclinations. It is often the case that you don’t find out how you would respond to an event until it happens. More often, however, what and who you are – a completely individual and idiosyncratic set of inclinations – is already hiding in plain sight, but wilfully obscured by one’s own tendency to soothe fears through the delusions of deservedness, morality and society – a.k.a. EGO. You don’t need to be truthful to everyone about everything, but you do need to be truthful to yourself about your own inclinations. Know yourself well! And never be surprised again. You can only be bullshitted to the extent that you are willing to bullshit yourself.
- Intent. We talked about deservedness and morality being irrelevant and ineffectual means towards manifesting desires. The only thing that truly matters in this respect is strong intent. If strong intent is aligned with true desire (i.e. the situation you really want to experience, regardless of your need to look good in front of others), then mountains will move for you.
Together, these premises form the only rule worth following: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Merry Christmas 2019, everyone! 🙂