The Myth of Independence 3

The Myth of Independence 3

Yesterday, we saw that both religion and science reject the Myth of Independence, and that the very existence of society itself is evidence that humans are not independent, but are interdependent.

Today we will discuss how the beliefs of the Mythers, especially the Myth of Independence, make them unjust and ungrateful, and consequently unfit to live in society.


Extreme Mythers are unjust and ungrateful

Because humans are interdependent, the totally self-interested person—one who accepts an unqualified form of the Myth of Independence—is therefore a hypocrite. Unless he is a hermit (and Mythers never are), such a person lives in society. That is to say, he is part of a collective of interrelated individuals that originally joined together for mutual aid and support. Despite this, such a person tries to maximize his own benefits and minimize his contributions to the society that continues to protect him. This is certainly ungrateful, and also unjust in the highest degree. What could be more unjust than trying to get something valuable for nothing, or for as little as possible?

Of course, a certain amount of concern for oneself is appropriate, especially when it involves keeping yourself healthy and in good shape in order to meet your obligations to family, friends, and society. But self-interested independence that focuses exclusively on personal profit, that tries to avoid the obligation of supporting society while simultaneously enjoying its benefits—that degree of independence is indistinguishable from rank selfishness.

And to deny the obvious fact of interdependence in order to be able to justify not contributing is morally despicable.

The Myth of Independence combines with the Myth of Self-interest to corrode society

Since society is a collection of interrelated individuals, society will begin to suffer when reasonable self-interest passes over into selfishness—which is precisely what happens when many people start to accept the Myth of Self-interest. The Myth of Self-interest, reinforced by the Myth of Independence, hardens the hearts and minds of Mythers, so that they actually believe they don’t owe anything to the society that provides them with the benefits they enjoy.

When people believe such things, they try to limit their obligations in every way possible. They try to minimize continually the contributions they have to make to the general welfare. They insist on the right to pursue activities that damage or destroy society’s common resources. They demand that others respect their selfishness while simultaneously refusing to respect those who understand that selfishness corrodes the benefits that were supposed to come from banding together.

The Myth of Self-interest reinforced by the Myth of Independence generates a severe egoism that is the root of all evil in the social sphere. Left to pursue their selfish aims, egoistic Mythers would dissolve the fabric of society rather than admit the debt they owe to their fellow citizens. The more people there are who believe the Myths, the closer society is to dissolution.


On Monday we will continue our consideration of the Myth of Independence by looking at the way belief in this Myth corrodes the structure of justice in society.

Until Monday, then.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Hendy wrote:
I can understand that it is hard for a some of you who do not know God, or raehtr, is not known by God' to understand how one can say, Jesus is the reason my life .etc. etc because you do not have faith, or at least the faith you have is trust in yourselves, which even you know does not work because of your life experiences. The truth is, God, Jesus (God's Son), the Holy Spirit, the Bible, Creation, the existence of matter, space, time, science, and everything else which exists can be proven by Reason, that its origin comes from God, and Jesus His Son. But I will not go there because many of you will deliberately choose not to believe this and I will be feeding my pearls to the swine'. To make Christianity clear is this: We are all sinners. Those who don't believe, those who kinda believer, and those who do believe. Without God, there would be no hope for any of us ..you the lost, and we, the chosen'. Folks, I did not choose to become a Christian but God chose me for, There is no one who is good. Not even one. and There is NO ONE who seeks after God .all have turned their own way and become worthless to God. Even I! But because God is completely just in condemning all of us because of rebellion, He too is completely love. If God would not have sent His Son to earth to die for us, while we were still worthless, or sinners' then God would be a liar in that He would call Himself Love. So God, being complete in everything that he is, because he is not a man that he would have to repent' sent His Son, or, came Himself to be one of us to understand us because God could not understand us without becoming one of us, was tempted in every way, yet without sin' and died for the sinner, us. And who is us? Those who will be saved before the end. And I'm sorry that you will not be able to partake in it because of your unbelief'. But Christ died for the Christian's unbelief, otherwise, he would not have paid the full price. But you remain lost because you are not a chosen race, or priesthood'. Or for now I suppose. Maybe God will prove us wrong and He will change your minds. I'm sorry!

19 November 2013 @ 11:10 AM

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