Consider how the actions we engage in as human beings today, often have some harmful effect, however small it maybe, on someone else on the planet.
If you use a cell phone, you're contributing to child labor in the mines of the Congo for cobalt. If you drive a car, you're contributing to America's dependence on oil and thus its wars.
No matter how attenuated the connection by myriad other things two points may be, there is always a connection, and often there is more than one - a lot more.
But all we have to do is find a way of either denying any such connections exist, or that the good of what we do outweighs the negative impact we may have, however unintentionally and ignorant we may be of the ultimate effects of either one.
This, then, requires us to actually exercise a God-like hubris in our understanding of how things are connected. And we do this, even though we admit our brains, and even our computers to date, have no ability to map such an infinity.
So, either we deny such connections or we decide when we are responsible for those negative impacts and when we are not. That it takes a God like ego to presume such an arbitrary and wholly subjective distinction is simply ignored.
Maybe that is the original sin. Our inability to admit our actual guilt, for the things we unintentionally contribute to and may benefit from, is siphoned out through the narrative of religion that forgives us our sins.
So that when everyone is guilty of everything, no one is guilty of anything.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
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