(Good Lord, what happened while I was away?)>>229261
This is a rather alarming change in narrative, that people cannot care for others as themselves, to a quip that the group becomes a harmful entity in it's own right...which does not even contradict the existence of altruism done because someone found it personally rewarding, and they often coexist at the same time.
Then it is merely coincidental that the wishes of the state and the wishes of you yourself coincide; what then, should a magical fascist revolution happen and their wishes and yours are now in opposition? And indeed, the police, as a group of armed humans, ought to count as a dangerous threat in either interpretation you have given us. And moreover, the fact that people can literally tremble in fear before their god and his vengeance should drive you to theocracy, under your model of how humans seem to work such that they require terror in order to even function civilly.
Anecdotal evidence cannot count on a scientific or even statistical level, and I would love to hear about what literature you have read in the course of developing your theories.>>229262
I do not deny that 'true altruism', defined as helping others solely for their sake and not one's own in some sense, is a spook.
The problem there has to do with how altruism can possibly originate, and this is either solved or exacerbated by self-reflection and
(through academic sources) inquiring how it works with others; if I do good for no reason outside of itself, it remains mysterious and unanswered why I subjectively felt like choosing it, if it was out of duty or obligation then it was merely a chore which I did not truly consent to or desire, or if I did not choose it at all then we just have hollow compulsion. In either case, nothing for the other person is truly felt or said to be felt.
However, when I observe the good or bad fortune of those around me, I feel their emotion and sense their experience, they are a conscious mind much like myself and I personally find beauty or horror in their existence, such that it has a weight on my mind directly proportional to the type and intensity of their own experience. In response, and because I prefer a beautiful existence over an ugly one, I choose to help however I can and bring them closer to happiness. In laymen's terms, I have empathy and this allows me to give a damn about others. Is it self-servicing egoism? Correct, but given that my happiness comes from that of others, the point seems to have no edge.
Also, while it is true that when faced with immediate death the human being will generally act in whatever way is seen to ensure survival, it is also true that the human body is a survival machine which will prioritize certain processes and stop them if it can give energy to other processes more directly involved with avoiding bodily harm; the mind will be involuntarily warped by the body, and so we lose the ability to ascribe guilt to anyone acting out of survival instinct in a painful moment. Ditto, we cannot ascribe guilt to crimes that have not been committed, even ones that would definitely be committed given certain circumstances favoring it's commitment.
Otherwise...we should give the title of "stoner" to everybody, because hypothetical exposure to THC would get us all high.
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