Today I couldn't help but overhear someone say "what a beautiful day it is today". And as I looked around I found myself agreeing with the stranger. I looked at thing's I perceived to be beautiful, I looked up at the Sun in awe and the flowers and trees. However after I heard the news on the radio, regarding the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. I started to question if today was beautiful. Today, like the day before is filled with death and destruction. I started to entertain the notion that today might be an ugly day. And if there is so much death, hurt and pain, is there ever a good or beautiful day. What if there is no good or bad, no ugly or beautiful, no right or wrong. What if the world independent of us has no meaning. Beauty is a human construct, it doesn't exist independently of rational creatures. The same for good and evil, right and wrong. If I write something that you deem bad or offensive, and consequently you're upset, there is no-one to blame but yourself, for you have chosen to feel that way, subconsciously or consciously. Actions are alike, think of the worst action you can, e.g. murder, this action is only bad because you have labeled it so. Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.
Fundamentally our actions are just actions.
This realisation scares me. To know that we live in a world where what we believe is just what we believe. In all honesty you can do whatever you want and it won't make you good or bad. It changes thoughts people have of you, it changes opinions they have of you and it can change your legal standing. But put this aside and you are no different than before. Hitler is not good or bad, Trump is not good or bad, Mandela is not good or bad, the kid who bullied you is not good or bad, the Queen is not good or bad, I am not good or bad, you are not good or bad. Only in our thoughts is there good or evil, right or wrong, ugly or beautiful.
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