Growing Pains

“For merit lives from man to man,
And not from man, oh Lord, to thee.”
-Tennyson In Memoriam A.H.H. OBIT MDCCCXXXIII

rights are a thing that humans confer upon each other.  no one innately has rights,  rights are always given.  people agitate to get their rights from each other.  but if we gave rights freely, like love, something like heaven would dawn.  dignity does not reside in the person, it is conferred upon the person.  there is room for this in individual development, because we talk to ourselves.  we can dignify ourselves.

individuality has been around a long time, we have to place it into a different perspective, as only one part of a human whole that needs to live well, not just one person that needs to live well.  it’s always fluid, the boundaries and proportions of individual to human mass, but always consider it.  why?

values.  humans must treat each other a certain way.  the Platonic “measure of a man.”  turning conduct and intent and sentiment – merit — ESTEEM towards fellow men, not God.

who said fear is the memory of pain?  i must disremember fear.


About Suhail Rafidi

Suhail Rafidi is a novelist and educator whose works explore the destiny of human values in a technological landscape. You can find him on Twitter, too, @shelldive.
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