Is Freedom What We Really Want?
Found this article, thought it'd be a good discussion.
Do the ends justify the means? Does the positive outcome of a series of socially and morally wrong actions make them right? Hypothetically, if the death of few (in relation to all of mankind and its future) could end war, does that make those deaths acceptable? What if those deaths ultimately put an end to war? Is it worth it?
In 1933, Adolf Hitler began a genocide. He believed that multiculture was the death of his nation, and therefore found it necessary to exterminate the Jews. Common knowledge and years of Freedom-Culture teach us that such a belief – that one race is superior to another – is completely and totally wrong and intolerable. But what nobody thinks about is this – What if Hitler won the war and finished what he started? Where would we be? Certainly we would be decades behind in terms of human rights and political activism.
I say, no.
Imagine a world where we are all the same. Sure, it’s boring, but is the tragedy of war really worth diversity?
During any given year, there are hundreds of wars being fought all around the world. And why? For what reason? Color. Religion. Minor personal differences are the cause of mass death.
Which is the true horror? A world where we kill each other because we are different, or a world where we are all the same. Both realities have their share of terror. We currently live in the former. On September 11, 2001, one man believed that his faith was superior to our entire lifestyle. He voiced his opinion by flying two trans-con jetliners full of civilians into two buildings full of even more civilians. Over six-thousand innocent Americans died. In the Middle East, people detonate themselves in crowded public areas. What is their motivation?
We all have two eyes, a nose, two ears, and a mouth. We all look fundamentally alike. We all have muscles underneath our skin. We have a stomach. We have a heart, and we have a brain. But it is the brain, something that we all have, that makes us different. This ironic fact has put the human race in danger since the beginning of time. The very aspect that makes us human is what can end us forever.
But there’s still that nagging thought. The thought that tells you that this is anti-human, that thinking this way destroys the value of life. The thought that says that being different is what makes us what we are, that because we are different, we are a beautiful species.
But at the same time, that which makes us beautiful is that which will destroy us.
Herein lies the great contradiction. We have listened to talk of impending world peace for as long as we have lived. But I’ve been thinking that world peace isn’t going to come. We can sit back and wish all we want, but it’s not happening.
The only possible way for world peace to come about is if we can miraculously end all prejudice, and this is not a possibility. As long as we are capable of making decisions, then we will always have white supremacy, we will always have terrorists, we will always have the extremist. And because of this, there will always be people who feel that they are superior to the person next to them. Hatred will perpetuate itself based on this fact.
I cannot think of how any form of peace can occur while this is happening. I can only envision lasting peace under the circumstances of there being one race, one religion, and one government.
But as humans, we will now allow this to happen. We will not sacrifice our human rights for peace.
Because of this reality, I believe that deep down, behind all of the Freedom-Culture, we do not want world peace. We want war, we want death, we want other people to understand that we are better than they are. Perhaps we don’t directly want these things, but they come hand in hand with what we do want, and that is individuality.