Theonly demands a basic humanity. This entails recognizing a self and using it to do things that give pleasure. The self must, at least, be capable of organizing provision of bodily gratification and simultaneously staying alive and functioning socially. The self is found to have specific preferences in this regard, and these guide choices for «feeling good» via sensual experiences.
Apart from indulging in pleasure, such a self only does other things for a good reason. This reason is the
Anyone pushed to survive becomes practical. Anyone strongly conscious of survival risk prefers to be practical. In practice, survival is no longer the biological imperative to eat or be eaten, but is experienced in relation to social imperatives to get respect, to be self-reliant, to make a living.
Your «good reason to do» i.e. the survival-related purpose, may be provided by another person who pays you. In such a case, you become their agent (Syn. operative, functionary, official) rather than an autonomous actor. Because an agent is an instrument of another, your personal preferences, interests, and biases should not come into play.
So, in both the instrument. That is why the engenders a model being that provides perfect service. It is named Instrumental Being.and in many work activities (i.e. ), the self is primarily an
Being an instrument of another is not tolerable on a continuing basis—that equates to slavery. However, instrumentality does not cease in your free time, because (as noted) your self then becomes your own instrument.
The model Instrumental Being is stable and solidly grounded in sensory perception, empirical realities and the use of information. It is shaped by its focus on , and therefore on the practicalities of any idea or proposal:
i.e. what to do, whether it can be done, and how to do it.
Being an instrument for another's purposes, provides opportunities to make a living either as an employee or via an agency business. However, there is only one intrinsic driver for doing things efficiently and effectively: competition. Remove competition and things get slack and sloppy.
This is therefore named in THEE the .
on this Practical Plane is naturally:►
This text, left unedited, was a comment on a blog about whether "you are your brain".
There should be respect and gratitude for anyone who is self-organized, socially adaptable, willing to compete, and can perform services for others.
The social-conventional approach to ethics is highly significant. It means that a high standard of behaviour is possible if others set the necessary example and create the necessary social pressure. Those functioning on this will respond to change, but have a limited creativity to define the needed change.
From the perspective of inhabitants of a higher salt of the earth whose saltiness can be lost rather easily because of a lack of imagination and little attention to ideals.
Activity is too often repetitive, semi-automatic, thoughtless, convention-bound: but this may be a natural response to an unencouraging or brutal context. Because current tasks serve personal goals, there is resistance to change that would have benefited others as well. In non-competitive situations which cannot be exploited for personal gain, choices may appear uninspired, insensitive, and poorly motivated. Certain choices, made without any pangs of conscience, seem unethical or corrupt. If the opportunity presents and culture provides the sanction, common sense will argue that corrupt activity is normal.
Originally posted: 14-Sep-2012