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Disruptions to Goodness

Bureaucratic Disruption

Goodness results from using our personal freedom regardless of social pressures. So, if we want a world with more goodness in it, it is up to each person, not to governments or charitable bodies. It therefore appears to be a potential manifestation of autonomy. We do not have to use our freedom in this way, but we can.

Bureaucratizing responsibility is one of the triumphs and disasters of modern life. The aim was laudable. As a person, I want others to be educated, to be cared for, to be fed. However, rather than doing something myself, I will simply pay and leave it up to the government (or to a charitable organization).

However, the government is not staffed by people who can act freely. You pay for good works in your name. The person delivering these does not pay: but rather wants to be paid to do these good works. Unfortunately, once a person is paid, then a sequence of purposive and emotional states are triggered: all of which are egotistical, and many of which are intrinsically harmful.

Mega-political and local power issues enter the mix and may lead to dire consequences. Beneficiaries are commonly corrupted and resources are wasted. So instead of the hoped-for good, there is diffuse long-term harm.

Whatever organizations can do for people—and they can do a lot—they cannot guarantee to deliver goodness. Given intrinsic temptations based on the need for power and resources, agencies are far more likely to serve their own members and develop arrogant, grandiose schemes.

Psychological Disruption

Escape from Goodness. Many who might inherently follow an Enlightenment or Spirituality Quest find themselves in environments in which this path is difficult. They are reluctant to identify with society as it normally operates, for good reasons, and this leads to alienation. Some can create a role as an outsider, but many find the rejection difficult to handle.

Depending on factors like education, wealth and social status, they may end up addicted or suicidal or perverted. In many cases, the downhill spiral hits bottom, artificial solutions are abandoned, and a correct path is found.

Escape to Goodness. The reverse can be the case. Many who are on the path of enlightenment or seek spiritual experiences are actually suffering from a mental illness, damaged esteem, or a deep personality dysfunction. Because this disturbance interferes with the everyday joys of living, relating and working, some escape is desperately desired. Meditation, retreats, ritual obedience, and dogma can be useful.

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Originally posted: 31-Aug-2013

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