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5. Modern Society (5.7.4-5.8)
Written by Messiah   
Thursday, 06 July 2006

5.7.4    Love

What is love? Isn’t that what we all trying to figure out? What if I would say that there is a relation between affinity and love? It may be hard to understand my point but I mean that love has to do with how you value choice in the matter of affinity. If you have own children, it may be easier to understand. The relation with your own children is love in its best definition. Most parents agree on the extra boost in the understanding of love, when they think of their children. However, it does not explain my point about choice. Imagine someone who totally neglects the relation with his/her own children. It’s a choice made based on the level of affinity. As soon as someone begins to evaluate the level of affinity, he/she will begin to decrease love. Children in their early years show 100% love to their parents and the parents gets overwhelmed as they never experienced 100% pure love ever before. You wonder why they haven’t. Well, it’s easy. As it’s about affinity and choice, then by reading about faith, morale and ethics etc above, you must begin to understand some of the essence in life.

Love <-!-> affinity <-!-> happiness: the essence of life.

By just evaluating love within a relationship could according to me, be the source problem you are trying to find. The best way to increase love is to understand the fundaments of love (described above) and focus on those, not love itself. Love is gift, from you as well as others, based on how you live, how you are and how you interact. Learn from young children. They play, argue and fight with each others without thinking of background, culture, religion, politics, look, love etc. Their actions are based on fundamental life and their arguing and fights do not affect their love towards each others. It’s when we get older and start to evaluate and divide relations according to values, things become complex. Among those values are morale and ethics, but also many other things.

However, one must understand that love itself is not the source of the problem. Pure love overcomes everything. But as mentioned above, the truly happy and the true love is very uncommon. Therefore it’s more about how low levels of love you can accept before your own threshold is violated and you initiate the evaluation of the decreased love. By telling this, in a relationship, the involved do not have to love each others equally. Well, who can possible say they do or don’t, as there are no way to measure love. As long as they are both equally happy as individuals and together, why try to find out. Looking at it from my point of view, I would say they love each others as much, if they are equally happy as individuals and together. Love may exist in as many forms as there are peoples on this earth.

5.7.5    Core values

Reading the above one would understand that things are complicated. There are too many different triggers involved, in time, to be able to fully pinpoint a single root cause if society itself, a company or an individual is on the negative path. The so called “Core values” is a tool that can be used to make it easier to identify if things are changing from what’s expected. It’s a short list of values, which are carefully chosen and defined. These are the fundamental values of a society, a business, an individual or else. With published “Core values” anyone can tell what to expect from the society, the business or the individual and anyone could also tell if the values do not represent the truth. For example America has the “Core Values of American Constitutional Democracy”. The European Union just state: “Human rights, democracy and the rule of law are core values of the European Union”.

5.7.6    Loyalty

After going thru Core Values, it’s perfect to take care of Loyalty. The reason is that Loyalty should of course primarily be directed towards the core values of a society, a company and the individual. What is loyalty? Good question. In history, loyal was something that you were towards your leader and ultimately towards the king, God or what ever. If you were not loyal, you could be sentenced to death. The primary idea that Martin Luther had when he published his 95 thesis and translated the new testament back it the 16th century was of course to prove before the masses that the Roman Catholics wasn’t loyal to it. Why? Because the bible itself is a set of values and if a priest does not follow them, should you trust him/her? Having this in mind, you hopefully would understand that you as an individual have not two, but three obligations in terms of loyalty:

  • You should be loyal to the values.
  • You should be loyal towards your leader.
  • You should evaluate if your leader follows the values.

What if you assume that your leader does not follow the core values? Well, then you can use the so called “Grandfather’s principle” and present your view before the leader above him. The “Grandfather’s principle” also include the ability to go further up in the hierarchy if you assume that even higher leaders in hierarchy do not follow the values. In response to one using the “Grandfather’s principle”, the treatment would be mutual respect. Its hard work to identify and present inside hierarchy problems and if someone help the upper management to eliminate corrupt midlevel leaders, he/she should be treated with great respect.

5.7.7    Integrity

Integrity is probably the most complicated part of humanity. Integrity is all individual rights to their own privacy without anyone being able to take advantages of it. What is privacy? If you seek a new job using your present jobs email system, is the email a private mail? Per definition no, if else isn’t stated. It’s important that you as an individual know the boundaries of your privacy. In a modern society more and more things get logged, stored and used. You as an individual are being monitored electronically every day thru creditcard transactions, phone calls, hospital visits, etc. The boundaries of privacy within all types of organizations should be official and easy to understand. As well as it’s important that you know the boundaries of privacy, it’s also important that the society structure also do. If for example a credit card company sells addresses to traveling companies, because they can identify those individuals that travel a lot, then we’re on the edge of privacy. This is most likely legal today, but if for example a certain company buys lists of addresses from same credit card company, were the individuals on the list are customers at a competitor. And if the company then mail the individuals on the list with a special offer if you become their customer instead of the competitors. Then I guess the line is crossed.

If a health insurance company would buy information from hospital databases, to be able to customize insurance for each patient. Then we definitely crossed the line. What about person to person integrity? Is it okay to build you own database with information about persons, that you could use when you make decisions in personal matters. Well, of course it’s OK, as long as you do not share, sell or publish the information. One thing about privacy and integrity is sure. The more you learn about it, the more you understand that you need to know. Integrity is fundamental in a modern society. If the society can’t guarantee the citizens integrity, faith in society, future and life itself most likely will suffer from negative impact.

5.7.8    Health

Health is interesting. I find no relation between happiness and health itself. I however see the possible impact on faith, if health problems occur. I say “possibly” as it has to do with how happy and how mentally strong the individual is. Even the happiest individual can loose faith in bad health situations. Health problems may also impact love and affinity if faith in the future is lost. This may evolve into really complex problems, were precious love and affinity may become reversed powers. Health support is a fundamental part of society. I would say that one can measure the health of a society by looking at the alternatives, the quality and the costs for health with in the society. A well working health support system within society will make the citizens friendlier against the elite of the society.

5.8    Chapter conclusion

First of all, it’s very hard to describe modern society as it’s so complex. My idea with this chapter is to make you as a reader enlightened about the existence of this complexity, not the complexity itself. My conclusion is modern society is a good place to live in. It can be a lot better in many areas, but generally it’s a good society. I have identified a growing movement against society, international economy, globalization etc, which I define as the one’s who instead of trying to understand, being a part of and help evolve society has chosen the path of being a constant critic against it. In many cases the critisism has become a uniting force, which itself give the individuals more than the factual matter. We must learn to understand and to have faith in society; otherwise we will fall in the hands of extremists and eventually another turn in the repeating history. Radical movements, even if highly trustworthy, will just create more ill then good. Don’t think that extreme movements like Communism, Fascism, Nazism, Nationalism etc are far away. Such movements can easily grow to be strong under other names. The name is just a name. It’s about society power, nothing else. Today, we, the citizens are in control of society. Our modern democracies have problems, but work rather well. We are all responsible to make society better, without overturn all that we have built up. We are the elite, all of us.

 

 


 
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