The Forms of Human Formation

Philosophy Of Human Formation:

I believe that people are of a particular kind because of the simple processes of nature. It is our natural inclination to try to take on the forms of that which exists before us. It is what has established the ability for us to exist up until this point, so it would follow, that we are naturally inclined to take on those forms ourselves. Its also obvious when you observe in contrast, the result of a child who was born to the family he’s raised by and one who was raised by adopted parents. The child will automatically resemble their birth-parents in appearance, but in character, they will be much more like the parents who raised them.

I believe every man of a trustworthy character must establish a consistent philosophy in at least the category of morality. If he does not, he is inclined by whatever abilities he possesses to do whatever is in his interest and that alone. The true source of morality in my mind is the recognition of loneliness in life that requires we maintain consistency in people so that we can go through the motions in life and always still know that we will never have to be alone. By my estimation, Aristotle was correct in saying “Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.” The likelier case being that of the beast of course. But a beast, through his solitude and dedication only to the world itself and not morality, may take on the form of God for a time at least in his ability to shape the world.

This is why a person must establish a desire for human relationships. But this alone, I imagine cannot be enough, at least not for the man who would be naturally pulled towards the embodiment of a beast. A beast must be tamed by some form of fear. For most men, the fear of other men is enough. Most men fear their own inability to measure and compare the intellect of others with their own and are kept sufficiently tame by that alone. The beast must take a step further though. He has already lost the fear of men. There must be something universal, a known unknown. A third element in the chemistry between our mind and body. A soul. Generally manifested through religion.

When the beast comes to see himself as a God he is simply confusing himself. He has decided that what is in front of him, being all things worldly, is the only aspect of life that has value. It is the absence of emotion. It is too much reason if you can believe in such a thing. It is to decide only to keep building and never to take a step back and ponder what great force of the universe has allowed this magnificent structure to be constructed by one’s own hands. Fortunately, we need not worry about these beasts becoming prevalent. It takes a strong mental illness to have the will to build worldly things without the desire to use such projects to prove oneself to another. And if they have a duty to at least one person, we can assume with good accuracy that they have formed some viable definition of morality.

We are naturally inclined to do things in the service of ourselves. We act in ways that to me make this idea appear self-evident even under the guise of the most selfless acts. It’s not so much action, but restraint, which to me defines morality. What is a man who has formed the most effective recipe for chum, but fishes by himself? He could have all the fish, but there would be none left for the other fishermen. He can’t give the recipe out to everyone or the total supply of fish available would dwindle and it would become as ineffective or even more so than the previously most effective chum was. There would be no advantage in its creation. He could give the recipe to only those who he considers his allies, which is the likeliest case in human nature. Or he could simply decide not to use it and maintain the current system of fishing which allows for there to still be relatively equal opportunity in catching fish.