The Debt we Owe to No One

We are living mortgaged lives, as if from the moment we were born we accrued a perpetual debt to others that we must spend our lives paying. An elaborate and articulate few call it a contract, an assumption to exist by the rules and institutions that constitute an inevitable form of society. Others, the ones that effectively perpetuate this idea, through commonly held beliefs, cherry-picked value systems and ingrained preconceptions passed down through the road of multiple ideologies, assert that, for example, we owe love to one another, solidarity and mutual, irrevocable aid to each other.

These are all false ideas. The only valid contracts are the ones we accept whilst in full awareness of their constitution and consequences. To assume that we ought to care about, and ultimately care for others is a baseless assumption, one that became so unjustifiably fundamental to the essence of human societies that it seems unnatural, and simply wrong to say that things should be otherwise. One could argue for lower taxes, less help to those in need, the dismantlement of regulations that in theory protect those who are vulnerable and still be granted a valid social approval for his opinion. However, if one claims openly that we should completely eradicate taxes and the welfare programs and supposed basic human rights they assure, that we have no moral obligation to aid those in the most dire situations, and that there should be no active or passive limitations to what an enterprise may be allowed to do, some might suggest that this person is dangerous and perhaps even evil.

Yet, these are the true ideas. We are born out of the desires of other people, owing nothing to those who birthed us because we never asked to. Those other souls who roam this earth have arrived to it similarly, and we are all independent, disconnected and irrelevant until we decide, out our personal voluntary volition, to be associated to them in any way. This perspective does not seek to say that we should not help others, only that we have no moral obligation to do so even if the gravest disaster struck them. And the same would be valid if disaster struck us. None of these ideas validate doing bad things unto others, as those are invariably morally unacceptable, as they bring upon negative actions out of the doers will. Even if there existed a state of affairs in which we were forced to give and help and it would bring the best outcome out of every possible societal configuration, it still would not be justifiable, as we are born with no debt to leave no one better off.

To understand that we owe nothing to others is a fundamental step to comprehending reality and the world as it is, and effectively working towards a better one by not building a society based on lies. This way, we are allowed to truly pursue our dreams, to build communities, to establish societies, to help each other in a way that is according to our voluntary will, not due to an untrue assumption that we are more than what we really are; individuals.

Part-time poet, full-time dreamer. I write in search of meaning, whatever that means.