The Error of Responsibility

I`ve just found this interesting paragraph in the works of Friedrich Nietzsche. A lesson for all moralizers and Christians:

 “So we make people responsible first for the impact of their actions, then for their actions, then for their motives, and finally for their nature. Ultimately, we learn that this nature is also not responsible, since it is an absolutely inevitable result and a concretion of the elements and influences of the past and present things: hence, people cannot be held responsible for anything, including their nature, their motives, their actions, and the impact of their actions.”

Nietzsche concludes:

 “We therefore realize that the history of moral feelings is the history of an error, the error of responsibility.”

I agree 100% percent with Nietzsche. And to use a Krishnamurti expression; “Human beings are not free from their past conditioning.”.  The reason that Christians and other moralizers [and so too those Karmajunkies] feel that every human being is accountable for their actions is because they believe in absolute free will. But the belief in absolute free will is just a belief, isn`t it?Absolutes are tricky. A man in chains is free to pick his nose, touch the ground, move about a little bit but he cannot break free of his shackles; he can`t go for a stroll or run around. The will might be like this example. I really don`t see any evidence anyway of free will or even that the will is totally restricted. The idea that the will is totally restricted and tragically bound to shackles is absurd but I think too that free will which is totally free of any constraints is also absurd since we cannot be free from our conditioning. And I don`t excuse or believe those numbskull religious nuts who say [dreaming of the 12 tribes of Israel] the reason that man is not free is because he has gone astray and lead by the devil. What rot! Why speak about the will in those terms if all you have is some excuse of ethical semi-religious nonsense?

No-one has yet proved what the will is really like. But it does seem the case that the will is free and it is not free and neither case to be taken in the absolute.

Is truth a good thing or is it something we must not find out what it is? Imagine a society that doesn`t punish people for commiting a crime?

Within the walls of society however the ‘truth’ of the philosophy I have given above is oppressed and even turned on its head. Human beings are moralizers. ‘Truth’ might not be something good or even proper. The false may indeed enable humans to live in a society that makes someone murder us pay for that murderous act. Justice might lend itself to the false and erroneous interpretations of actions and of cause and effect and keep us all sleeping well in our beds at night. If that is the case then we have to find or furnish some middle ground. If we can`t live with the ‘truth’ and humans must look for the ‘truth’ then we need to protect ourselves from this ‘truth’ so as to not “perish”.

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Published in: on January 23, 2007 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

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