Oct. 13, 2013

Living Vs. Existing

by Jeremy Pinson (author's profile)


Living Vs. Existing.

I like to think lives are spent in 2 ways. Those who live and those who exist. Those who exist wake up, go to work, eat and sleep day in and day out. But those who truly live the time they are allotted on this planet are social beings who love to be around other people, love to make a difference in other people's lives. I don't want to just exist, I want to live. I feel prison limits me to mere existance, despite my efforts to live even in these constraints.

As I ate breakfast today I pondered if it is moral and righteous to use evil to accomplish a greater good. This can be as simple as lying to make someone else feel good, or as complex as using cruise missiles against Syria to deter Baskar Assad from gassing innocent civilisans to death. Isn't evil the ultimate contradiction of Good? If so, how can doing evil result in good? Am I crazy to wake up in the morning pondering such a weighty topic over cornflakes? Maybe. But I choose to live and hopefully one day do more to make the world better than it was before I arrived into it. Even to dream is to live.

Jeremy Pinson


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arcadiaego Posted 10 years, 8 months ago. ✓ Mailed 10 years, 8 months ago   Favorite
Hi Jeremy, thanks for writing.

That is a weighty train of thought for early in the morning! Personally I do my best thinking late at night. I think maybe good and evil aren't so clear cut. What could be good in one situation would be evil in another. So those in charge have to make up their minds with the best evidence available. Sadly The Powers that Be aren't always objective, so the task becomes even harder.


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