Sometimes when we feel confident and excited we raise our hands up high in a V-shape with tight fists and an unmitigated grin. Behavioural analysts call that posture Pride and, interestingly enough, its also a common posture with blind people especially in Olympics. When you are happy about something you just want to occupy so much space and move around feeling like you are a part of a special census.
This posture is an expression of how liberty and freedom are essential aspects of humanity. It gives a clue about how life ought to be for the random individual, but that is not all that is to this. What is the strongest objection to human freedom?
Animals also do this pride posture to establish dominance or express euphoria. Notably, male gorillas stiffen their upper lips, give a Kanye West face and stretch out to establish or maintain dominance. Some birds expand their feathers out for similar reasons.
From this, a yawning for Liberty and Freedom is a primal one; one that does not distinguish us from other spieces. Understanding this would nudge us to look closely into the subject instead of going overboard with an empirical understanding.
Can You Trust Your Judgment?
This is the core of my op-ed so please make sure you get this part. I will digress a little before I can express exactly what inspired me to write this article.
There are some regions across the world where people lead very primitive lifestyles but are protected by Environmental organisations who strongly express that these regions are to remain untouched by the hand of civilisation supposedly because these people say they do not want do be modernised- they are comfortable with their lifestyles.
I know it is hard to persuade oneself that someone would insist on living through hunting and gathering, wearing animal skins, the women bare breasted etc. Most of these people express that they are quite comfortable with this lifestyle but the challenge comes when we question if their judgment can be trusted. Do they know any life outside of that? Why then should we trust their judgment? Questioning somebody’s judgment will get you labeled as a social engineer with an ill will, a lack of rudimentary understanding of human freedom, but I strongly feel that there is some premise on which we can question somebody’s judgment.
If you are an adherent follower of my blog then you probably know the idea of Uniformity and Unity. Wherever you find Uniformity, usually it is forced; I call this systematic governance. By this reasoning, wherever you can find a recurring mentality, you have a reason to believe that it is a result of localised logic and localised logic is a good enough reason to question somebody’s judgment. Here is a quick illustration:
If I have 10 different flavors of soft drinks and I ask you which one you want but you happen to know only one of the the flavors, can you trust your judgment for your choice- or default choice, thereof? If I do not give you a taste of all the 10 flavors then your judgment is based on a localised logic rather than a well informed one. How can we solve this then?
People should be exposed to miscellaneous lifestyles as this betters their judgments. The more you know, the more your decisions become originally yours because our humanity is hinged on how we evaluate between choices. In the case of the uncivilized areas of our globe, these people need exposure to different kinds of lives; they need exposure to civilisation. The UN should concentrate of conserving the geographies but should have a gracious approach to the demographics. Should these people decide to continue living the primitive way after being exposed to different lifestyles then this would be a well informed judgment, a judgment we can trust and the rest of the world can gladly live and let live.
The same applies to you personally. Try to gain so much knowledge about decision making and about the choices you can make for yourself. This betters your thinking, gives weight to your judgment and warrants you the best sense of control and humanity.
We try to make sense of life by establishing a systematic way of reasoning and decision making but life is quite random. What will sustain you is not a systematic way of thinking but a subjective one based on the vast information you will have acquired.
Lastly, I would like to evaluate a certain philosophy: The Illusion Of Choice which is affiliated with the philosophy of Determinism.
The Illusion Of Choice.
The idea of illusion of choice may not be as conclusive as its proponents believe but it is quite creditable. Humans make choices based on what they have seen, heard or experienced. However, this does not make anyone any less of a human, but it simply affirms that we ought to hear more, listen more and experience more in order to better our judgment. I am sure we can agree that what we want is not necessarily an original choice but a well informed decision that may project us into a future. Moreover, persons may pledge different decisions after having shared an experience thus what makes us human and what gives us assurance that a decision is really ours is the fact that there is not one reaction to every stimulus.
Congressman Trey Gowdy once said,
“Know what you belive and…why you believe it.”