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Updated on January 22, 2013

The Verity of Man's Dignity

Man's presence on earth has a higher purpose, and that purpose is for him to delve deeply into the mysteries of his own existence, and to uncover the truth about the universe that sorrounds him.

While others (based solely on their individual perception of the meaning of their own lives) might question the validity or rationality of the above statement, I believe that man, taken as a collective entity must march inexorably to his destiny.. the destiny of being able to sublimate his mere physical form (beyond the limits of time and space) into the spritiual, the mystical, the transcendental. The truest communion with the One who intitated the process with whiich he became a sentient, volitional, emotional and creative being.

Granted that man's life has not been paradigmatic of pure, total, and unadulterated triumph, he has shown, nevertheless, that he is capable of surviving the hellish inequities that has consistently and persistently visited him on earth. His life may have been short, and brutish in the beginning, but his capacity for beating the odds, through several instances of near extinction over the millenia, only increased his sense of purpose and destinty. It also reinforced the verity of his dignity, one that he has been able to hang on to... until now.

Now, although man's life for the most part has been free of the physical hardships ( except on some parts of the earth where survival is stiil a daily struggle) that once punctuated his existence, the onslaught of moral and ethical relativism that now pervades his societal and cultural millieu, may be the ones to finally unclasp his hands from the ever loosening hold of his dignity.

Over the past 5 decades, societal and cultural values have degraded drastically, so that patterns of behaviour not otherwise acceptable in other decades, have become deeply ingrained in all areas of human actions and interactions. Anti-authoritarianism and sexual promiscuity became the lasting hallmark of the 60's, that then evolved into the hedonism and aimlesness in the 70's. Rampant commercialism and materialism was the clear subterfuge for greed in the 80's, with the political disenchantment and racial polarization in the 90's becoming just an afterthought as tribalism and terrorism in this decade disrupted the communal fabric. In the ensuing upheaval, the concept of personal moral and ethical accountability was lost in some quarters and compromised in others.

Stoicism, as an ethical guidepost, posits that man should continue to find dignity and worth in his attempts to cope with the most trying of life's vicissitudes, while tempering his active avoidance of these inequities with justice, prudence and tranquility. By incorporating the values of stoicism in his daiily life, man could feel optimistic, that having survived (but barely) the moral and ethical dillemas of the past 5 decades, he could recapture his once vital sense of dignity. Man could rise above  the deep ideological differences that now underpin his variagated belief systems, and keep rational ideas and ideals on the forefront of his moral and ethical revival.



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      Druid Dude 6 years ago from West Coast

      Love this. Excellent work. We walk on the path of our journey. Every step is a necessary step, and none can be skipped. Our destination? Full true civilization. We aren't there yet, but, there does seem to be light at the end of the tunnel. Peace, A.V. Fine hub

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 7 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hello Mike:

      Thanks for dropping by. I have always thought that for man to complete his task of knowing himself and his place in the universe he should go back to a more rationally perfected sense of morality... one that is dictated not by the needs of his physical nature, but one that is structured according to his spiritual composure.

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      Mike Marks 7 years ago

      Bill Mahr did make me laugh when he said "Buddhism's Life is Suffering needs to be rewritten for the modern age because 2500 years ago YES Life was suffering, even to eat and shelter, but today we have TV and cars", and so on... I like to stick with at least the few facts I as a human being can know, I can't know the nature of the One who initiated the process, if my purpose is to return to It, but I can know that the abodes of kindness, compassion and joy will make a better enviroment for I and all of us to live in right now, and if there is a next world such abodes may help for making that a better experience as well. If I knew I had just 30 minutes before I die, I would concentrate and meditate on kindness and joy, to let those energies be with me when I pass on, rather than take one last spin in my car. You simplified and summed up very well the dilimma humankind finds itself since passing on from the 60's.