Thinking… about thinking…

I WON…!!!

REMEMBER OUR MILITARY

I’ve been lost in thought lately. More than usual, indulging my perpetual penchant to plumb my own preconceived perceptual perspectives and play with my precociously precious paradigms with the ongoing observable outcomes of my introspective trekking expressed in conversations with friends… all of which somehow seem to weave together under the heading:

What is our ‘duty’ to others?

In terms of ‘me’ (each of us, any of us) ‘doing the right thing’ and ‘being’ a responsible person… a ‘contributing’ member of a (healthy & happy) society…

What is ‘the right thing’ to do?

When is it ‘my’ responsibility to intervene in an other’s decision-making process? ie: to tell them what (I think they ought) to do…???

To answer this question, we’ve got to start by asking: are we (by our intervention: be it proactive advice or silent acceptance) ‘innocently’ (with all of the very best of intentions) enabling dysfunction (self-depreciating, debilitating behavior)…or are we empowering well-being (of the beneficiary of our wisdom) with greater where-with-all to attain what they say they want…???

And what if (we believe) that what they say they want is not good for them…??? ie: when it is plain to us that they are — by and through their own ill-gotten (cognitive) habits — victimizing themselves… exacerbating all of the detrimental stuff in their life that is painfully holding them back…???

What do we do when it is plain (to us) that their (self-victimization) way of doing things — beyond being devastatingly harmful to them, personally — memetically ripples out (like a discordant harmonic) to gravely distort the general well-being of life throughout our shared community as a whole…???

What is ‘the right thing’ to do in such circumstances…???

And, perhaps most importantly…

Who decides…???

So far, the only answer we’ve come up with that makes ‘perfect sense’ in context of our overarching allegiance to ‘being’ the ‘good person’ we each aspire to be, is that the only ‘right thing’ we can (choose to) do is ‘be a role model’ worthy of emulation — by stopping to think about how we would like to be treated if the shoe were on the other foot… and by simply choosing to listen (with love) hear (with comprehension) and immerse our (intuitive) senses in the experience of responding.

Which is, we also agree, too oft easier said than done …

However, perhaps the difficulty is only that we have not thought about it much… yet the fact is that the rewards are profound…!!!! And really, in terms of having a wonderful life, who could ask for anything more…???