In philosophy, the concept of reality, what can be proven and what can not, proposes that the only thing that can be proved is that “I exist”. How can you doubt your own existance, unless you actually exist? You can not, however, prove that any other individual or thing exists.
As far as reality is concerned, all it is – is chemical signals interpreted by your brain. As far as we know. It is not impossible that we all actually live in a Matrix. Or that we are living in a dream or delusion. We can’t prove it.
However, it seems that if we start acting out ideas of being the only being in existence and everyone else being puppets or holograms, we tend to be put into places like insane asylums or prisons. So for all parties involved, living and acting according to the premise that our brains actually interpret the reality around us correctly, seems quite beneficial.
More and more people seems to have lost this basic concept of civility. They doubt the government, the police, news organizations, coworkers, neighbours, and even friends and family. Nothing is real, everything is fake, and “they” are out to get me.
- “The moon landing was a hoax”
- “9/11 was an inside job”
- “The earth is flat”
If you don’t believe anyone, civilization falls apart. It requires a basic level of implicit trust. Trust that is now being eroded by a tsunami of made up outright falsehoods, as well as distortions of reality.
Welcome to the new reality, where nothing is real, except you.
In the United States of America it seems that most people think government is evil and should be minimized at all costs. I believe this is the root of many of the problems that exist there these days.
Everyone clings to the constitution and how they have Rights. But rights cannot be enforced unless there is someone to enforce them. If left to individuals, only strong and powerful have rights.
So, there needs to be a government to enforce the rights of all individuals, strong Or weak, if all are to remain equal. And to enforce this, government needs to use “violence”.
In most other western countries, government has a more or less well established “monopoly on violence” in order to enforce the rule of law. USA is different. Because of the 2nd amendment, citizens are allowed to bear arms, and to use “violence” to protect themselves as well as their property. This is where “the American train” starts to derail.
Hollywood glorifies the lone ranger, strong men and women who seek their own justice, often in defiance of existing law enforcement. And once the bad guy is dead, the story ends without the vigilante ever suffering any consequences for their actions.
And so, the violence continues…
If a Society makes progress, so does All its citizens
Over the years I have spent in Africa, it was clear to see that the politicians only cared about themselves, their own family, their own friends and their own tribe. As such, I expect the African continent to remain a poor and underdeveloped continent for the forseeable future.