Everything is ok and other lies; The Myth of the Greater Good

There are a million and one ways to revolt against an over-indulgent and self-destructive social and political system, but, sadly, history leaves us with the impression that a revolution requires firearms and bloodshed. Perhaps at times it has, however, in this thrilling digital age, the age of hyper-connectivity and global awareness, it is the mark of the enlightened to revolt in entirely new, creative and peaceful ways.

“Thinking is boring! Thinking is hard work and it is not worth the energy!”

Amongst those who have ‘awoken’ to the control matrix that dominates modern life, few muster the courage to move into a life of action and activism, and fewer still are able to completely change the game by taking genuinely creative social action, that which begs the masses to think, reflect, and stop with business as usual.

How many of us tell our kids (or students) that everything is fine when, in fact, everything is totally wrong, in order to preserve their sense of security? Have you been honest about everything having to do with, say, your love life, or what happens at work? Do you praise drawings they bring home from school that you actually think are terrible?

We don’t just lie to protect our kids from hard truths, either. We actually coach them to lie, as when we ask them to express delight at tube socks from Aunt Judy or Uncle Bob’s not-so-delicious beef stew.

These are what scientists call “prosocial lies”—falsehoods told for someone else’s benefit, as opposed to “antisocial lies” that are told strictly for your own personal gain. Self-serving lies help liars get what they want and avoid what they don’t want, they help liars look better or feel better, or they spare liars from blame or embarrassment or anything else they don’t want to experience. Kind lies are the same, only they are told for someone else’s benefit. When people lie to help you get what you want, or make you look or feel better, or protect you from something you don’t want, they are telling you a kind lie.

The highest calling for a person is to serve the greater good of humanity and the world. Many people are tempted to be selfish and do what only benefits themselves. Yet humans also have an altruistic instinct that fills us with a sense of satisfaction when we are able to help others.

This sense of altruism cannot materialize when selfish tendencies become overpowering. Therefore, we must suppress our selfish motives and serve the greater good of humanity and the world with an altruistic mindset.