The failure of morality 2

October.9. 2018

So what’s the solution?

Take out morality and adopt an unabashed total self-serving approach to life.

Forget the good of mankind, the common good, or any other phony pseudo altruistic religious mumbo-jumbo.

Instead, be unabashedly self-serving, look out for number one. No need to pretend.

There’s a choice here.

You can do it the old fashioned way which is to ruthlessly grab whatever you see, and do whatever it takes to ensure that you get what you want.

Which may or may not include cheating, lying, scamming, extorting, assaulting, you name it, it’s all fair game to you.

Since morality has become obsolete, you’re free to pursue anything you want, with unbridled greed and lust.

Never mind that this will upset other people.

They’re losers, weaklings, not worth your concern. (I’ve even heard one guy proclaiming that morality is for losers. Really? We’ll wait for Mr Mueller’s report.)

The goal here is to satisfy every one of your needs and urges without any concern for others, because you’re the most important person in the world.

In the short term, this strategy will work, and you will probably be on top of your world.

The only problem is, all that lying and cheating and scamming and assaulting involve victims.

And victims have long memories and they will harbor resentments.

For example, if you cheat someone of his life savings, don’t expect that person to forget it in a hurry.

All that forgiving garbage may be good for Sunday school, but your victims’ resentments will simmer on and will find an outlet one day.

This will lead to a universal law—the law of return.

The return will come in unexpected ways and when you least expect it. Maybe not in a tsunami, but it will come.

(If you don’t believe me, if you think this is mere superstition, maybe some of these names might ring a bell—like Madoff, Cosby, Kaddafi, Marcos, etc etc.)

And you will no longer be on top.

Now there’s a second way to look out for yourself but this method is a bit more complicated.

And it involves a fundamental shift in your thinking.

Which is that looking out for yourself is not a solo enterprise but one that involves the whole universe.

Because we don’t live on a deserted island.

Everything we do interacts with the universe and produces repercussions. These interactions and repercussions are what will really determine our fate, not our own small selfish efforts.

In other words, our future happiness and well-being are as dependent on the actions of others as they are on our actions.

This leads to one inescapable conclusion.

To look out for ourselves, we must do good onto others, not because it’s the right thing to do, but because we want them to do good onto us, because if they want to, they could make our lives miserable.

You might call this the enlightened approach to life.

And it’s totally based on a self serving agenda (with no phony self-righteous moral overtones).

You’re looking out for yourself but in order to look out for yourself, you’ll have to look out for others first.

2 Responses to “The failure of morality 2”


    Hi Philip,
    Karma, Karmic law, or the universal law of return (as you call it in the post) has always interested me. It is a really straight forward way of understanding how the world works. The one flaw or perhaps my misunderstanding (probably the latter), how do you explain terrible tragedies or ‘acts of God’? When these tragedies happened to good people, I wonder about these universal laws. What are your thoughts?

    • ph Says:

      Hi Doug,

      I really don’t think there is any connection between natural disasters and our actions, unless the natural disaster occurred as a direct or indirect result of our actions.

      For example, if you choose to build your home on the beach in an earthquake prone area and a tsunami occurred and sweep your house away, you can say that your actions caused the consequences. If you had not chosen to build on the beach, you would not have been impacted.

      Natural disasters become disasters only when man is impacted. If a tsunami occurred on a deserted island, no one would think twice about it. As the Tao Te Ching said, Heaven (nature or God) is not human and has no human agenda. One can think of tsunamis as nature’s way to clean up the coastline, just as wildfires are nature’s way to clean out dead undergrowth.

      Another example is, if you go camping and you decide to pitch your tent on a dry riverbed and in the night, a storm comes and washes you away. Who do you blame? The storm (nature) or your own foolishness? Perhaps a friend who you had offended might hear of your mishap and claim that you’re reaping your karma but, really there’s no karma involved, just your own foolishness to stay on a dry riverbed.

      I think karma came about as a way to explain the law of return but over millennia, it’s accumulated a lot of superstitious beliefs and what we think of as karma is mostly a bunch of superstitions.

      The law of return is real. You commit an action, and that action will set off a chain reaction of other actions which will eventually come back to haunt or bless you depending on what kind of energy your action will produce. Give off positive energy and that positive energy will come back and bless you. Give off negative energy and it will come back to haunt you too.

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