Defining Humanity: Purpose Through Higher IdealsBy: Jon V. (16 responses.)
What separates us from the animals? When this question is asked, many will answer that opposable thumbs gave us the ability to develop and use tools, or upright walking, but these differences, like all modern viewpoints, are simply aesthetic and surface level observations at best. What truly makes the difference is our intellectual capacity to recognize and conceive of higher ideals. Traditionally, it has been argued that in pre-history, organized societies came before religion, but with the discovery of Goebekli Tepe, a religious structure which is 12,000 years old and predates our understanding of how and when societies developed, anthropologists are beginning to understand that more than likely, the temple came before the city. (For more information on Goebekli Tepe, watch this excellent video) Religious life has always been at the center of each society and civilization, providing the core reason for the society’s existence. Higher ideals are clearly the very Ur-Foundation of human society.
Day in and day out, we are bombarded with insults from atheistic modernity, telling us that to believe in God is stupid and that religion only exists because of man’s fear of death. Dostoyevksy makes clear why belief in God is not only intelligent, but necessary to maintain a healthy society, in these simple words: Without God, everything is permissible. To believe in God is to understand that there are cosmic implications to human actions that echo in eternity. It is to believe that ethics and morals exist outside of the human mind and that they are, indeed, universal law.
This modern atheistic, “I control my world, not some God” attitude is, in effect, spiritual masturbation. Our degenerate societies pander to the idea of the individual being the supreme moral force in our universe. Whatever you decide to do is just fine and dandy as long as you don’t hurt anyone else. What this loosely veiled self worship creates is a society full of self-righteousness, rampant materialism, sexual degeneracy, substance abuse, and a metaphysical disconnect from culture all for the sake of a childish “I make my own rules” attitude, which is simply a pacifier for the spirit. It is much more difficult to live by a tried and true religious and ethical code than to simply do whatever you want because “YOLO”.
To avoid grappling with the simple fact that your actions cause reactions, no matter how big or small, is to reduce oneself to an animalistic level. An animal lives to feed and reproduce. A human lives to serve a higher ideal. When all that one serves is oneself, one voluntarily devolves. When this occurs on a pandemic level, as it has in many modern Western societies, the implications are obvious. This is why neither libertarianism nor democracy are able to work. To allow an individual to govern himself is to assume that he is, by nature, a moral individual. Without an understanding that there are far bigger things than himself, modern man is essentially devoid of morality. Entrusting this same man with the ability to choose who makes his laws is equally as disturbing a thought.
To secure for our Folk a future in this world, we must embrace the fact that to be human is to serve more than ourselves.