What is best?  

company_od 44M
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5/23/2006 4:06 pm
What is best?

Why do people think they should run other people's lives? It seems to come from all over you have government, religion, family and friends all of whom know everything there is to know about you right?

Starting from the bottom of the list are those closest to you friends. These are the people that you share things with that you wouldn't tell anyone else, they are the special people chosen from everyone else to know you in the truest of ways. If things go wrong you can choose to never see them again. Most of the times they know all about your business - things going on with lovers, family and the world at large. Still they are not privy to everything. Of all the people who try to 'help out' they are close to the best suited for the task and most of the time they are appreciated for it. There comes a time when it is a matter they should know to butt out and if you are lucky then they will. Still sometimes that isn't the case.

Moving on to family, all right I realize some people have really good close happy chummy relationships with family members. I consider these types to be putting friendship ahead of family so they really fall into the last category. Family is something you can't really get rid of. You know that cousin that you want nothing to do with since 'that time' when they found out about 'you know what' and nearly told everyone before you managed to cover it up? Yes, they will crop up when you least expect it over at Uncle Edna and Aunt Franks house. Family can also be one of the few things that you TRY to keep your friends out of when it comes to those things that families do to embarrass their kin. You'd almost think they have meetings without you to discuss things that they will do in the upcoming year to cause you misery. Of course this is exaggeration but sometimes you have to wonder.

Okay here's the next step where I'm sure to get an earful, we move to religion. I'm not restricting it to church, creed, denomination or whathaveyou. I'll go quickly and broadly across the major things. If you don't think there is some higher power, that's fine take your chance as you see fit. If you think it's someone who will reward violence with eternal peace fine by me. Light some candles, burn some incense, eat unusual things, dunk each other underwater, promote whatever as a path to eternal life...great. My belief is my own, if I'm wrong then I'll find out. That really should be the end of it as far as anyone should be concerned. Now I guess I should say anyone in the US since that SHOULD be the cornerstone of religious freedom. I'll personally say I don't agree with any religion that says that you should make people worship or think in any way, including my own. Branching slightly to the closer edge where religion becomes community and we attend our buildings of worship to commune with the higher power we follow is where religion really tries to tell us what to do. Sure there is scripture of some kind that gives the organized view from the past that maybe can be applicable to today even if it is centuries old. I do agree that we should try to give a hand to fellow members of faith in community because they are part of our group, we can put faces to them and everything. It is nice to be able to stretch that out to others of our larger community of believers and assist them as well if we are able. Now the part I don't get is why we need to try to stretch out things to label things that come along now under old labels to make them wrong. I'm of the mind that if it isn't doing anyone harm then it is their decision to make; if it something they want to stand toe to toe with their final event when they shuffle off this mortal coil let them. Well let me rephrase that don't stand in the way of their free will. I could go on all day with this since it really was too broad but it fit the conversation. If I get enough fans maybe I'll revisit it.

Last but not least is the even more elusive concept of government. A collection of other mortals who are chosen by their peers for some promises and maybe some actions that are viewed as important by the common citizens of the area. Chosen for what? To select the best for the citizenry of our land. Add into it local issues, personal desires overwhelming the betterment of all and things slide out of control rather quickly. Plus we seem to be moving quickly in favor of deciding that if something isn't having a positive impact that it should be under some sort of law, rule, or statute. Case in point we have laws requiring private citizens in private vehicles to be monitored for use of seatbelts. Why? To save lives! Just the same if you want to shoot yourself in the head. That is pretty much against the law. Don't agree with the logic then we have a nice safe place to keep you. How long will it take with that kind of logic to say that fast food will be illegal, birth control will be checked to ensure that there are no unwanted babies or anything not perfectly safe is outlawed? There's tons of things I can go into here too so I am refraining as best I can. Anyway we get handed alot of things that are designed to be good for us. The only difference with it being the government is that the choice becomes a matter of criminality when we exercise our free will. A great responsibility is given to government to choose things carefully to safeguard the people. My opinion is that things that pose danger to others is where things should be controlled not when we make choices that affect ourselves. We need to be able to make mistakes in order to learn from them. That is the human experience not to have clear instructions to make everything safe.

I'm going to close with a little joke that illustrates what happens when the important thing becomes to please everyone and follow all the guidance of 'everyone'.

After choosing a new doctor, the patient went for two visits and exhaustive lab tests, when the doctor said that everything was "fairly well".
A little concerned about that comment, the patient asked
him, "Do you think I'll live to be 80?"
He asked, "Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer or wine?"
"Oh no," replied the patient. "I'm not doing drugs, either."
Next he asked, "Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?"
"No, my former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!"
"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?"
"No, I don't," came the answer.
Last he asked, "Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?"
"No," The patient stated. "I don't do any of those things."
The doctor nodded and said, "Then, why do you give a shit?"

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