Okay, this should be interesting. Let’s make sure we keep this clean and intelligent.
I think the first thing we must do is look at the past and view the trends. It appears as though we are moving from a society of morals and beliefs, towards one of instincts and self-reason. The casualness of sex these days is a good example. Although on the surface it looks as though this is a perfectly viable way to live and survive, what is changing in the underpinning of not only society, but our conciousness that allows us to be this way? Being into art, poetry, philosophy, and psychology, I have questioned the state of the human concoius many times.
I tend to believe that by having beliefs and morals, even if illogical from the natural world, it conciously seperates us from the environment, from the animals. The trend these days seems to be a kind of desensitization. But many people view being able to do whatever, such as promiscuity, as freedom that we deserve as part of the ever evolving ‘free world’.
I can logically concede being able to do these things is freedom, but from what? When I try to conceptualize through poetry and art, a topic such as love or life, I come upon a world which steps beyond logical earthly bounds. It is a world in which emotion and beauty creates the fabric of being, and it is this which makes us human.
Through many freedoms we gain, many emotions we loose. Through the diversity of society, many dynamics of culture are gone. The more advanced we get in science, the further we get from faith. Yet even beyond religion, faith is required to overcome any fear. Even just faith in ones self.
A long time ago, scientists were philosophers, and philosophers were scientists. But now a gap between dreaming faith and the physical medium is growing. Science is discovering blindly, with earthly intentions and earthly results. But being human, we merely exsist here with the ability to manipulate. If we continue to expand the gap of philosophy and science, we will continue to become more and more like animals. Not in body, because we are like animals in that way, but in mind.
As we let more and more environmental stimuli control us, we lose more and more self-control. Perhaps through freedom in the physical world, we become prisoners of ourselves.
p.s.~ I’m not endorsing any particular set of morals or beliefs. Only defending the concept and necessity of having such self-constraints.
“The empires of the futures are the empires of the mind.” ~ Winston Churchill