Hi, Maliha Naveed
Thank you for your question!
Maliha Naveed wrote: ↑March 31st, 2023, 2:46 am
On the first page of your book, you say, "To speak of freedom and peace, one challenges violent oppressor; one challenges murderers, rapists, and enslavers, the most dangerous of whom may be the ones who claim to commit such violence for the alleged greater good."
When I first read this, the concept of 'honor killing' came to my mind instantly. In some parts of the world, this evil practice is still prevailing. Correct me if I am wrong, but is this what the phrase 'alleged greater good' imply? Because those who believe in and practise 'honor killing', believe that it's good for their families and their honor.
Yes, so-called "honor killing" is indeed, unfortunately, a prime example of what I meant.
In case you are curious for more elaboration, I elaborated more on the same subject of violent utilitarianism and people committing severe aggressive violence (e.g. murder, rape, slavery, and even genocide) for the alleged 'greater good'/
in the following topics on these forums:
- Dangerous Moral Busybodies | "A tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
- A World Blinded by Sadistic Anger | How the dangerous superstition of justice leads to aggressive violence and misery
- Orwellian Agent-Smithism | How Control Freaks, God Complexes, And Violent Nanny Statism Attack Freedom and Diversity
- Friends, I ask you to oppose all non-consensual non-defensive violence, even when it's legal or done by your own government.
On the more spiritual side, particularly for those of us who sociopolitically already practice the peaceful principle of live and let live, I also touch loosely on the same idea in my topic, Whether you are looking for a savior or someone to save, or both, look into a mirror
. In that topic, I write, in part:
Scott wrote: ↑December 9th, 2022, 6:22 pm
Many times, people aren't really looking to be happy--meaning to have consistent inner peace
--but rather looking for an excuse or scapegoat for their misery.
There's no shortage of unhappy people wanting to give you advice, if not put a literal or metaphorical gun to your head and force you to take their literally miserable
advice and live by their literally miserable standards. Many would rule the world because they cannot rule themselves, at least not in a way that lets them be truly happy with inner peace.
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The false miserable idea that the world is awful and desperately needs to be saved--by any means necessary no matter how aggressively violent and brutal
--is typically a symptom of the violent saver's own persistent deep-rooted misery, meaning their lack of the true happiness that is inner peace and spiritual freedom.
Once we see that, it becomes easier to understand how even the Nazis thought they were the good guys, whose ends justified their means. So too is it surely true of the brutal murderers committing brutal honor killings. The destructive bloody horror of what such a person honestly sees as 'doing good '
reflects the spiritual misery in their own heart and the horrible self-created hell in which they themselves live.
I have hate in my heart for nobody. In some ways, I can sympathize with the most brutal most of all. I don't wish to be like them, but sometimes I can most easily say of them: Forgive them, for they know what they do.
That is because, in a way, they are the most misguided. While it is mostly if not entirely self-created, they are utterly blinded by their own deep hellish suffering and their own lack of spiritual freedom.
In the words of Alan Watts, all the do-gooders are troublemakers
For those who follow the teachings of my book, whether because they read it or just happen to otherwise, the opposite is the case. We have the consistent true happiness that is inner peace and spiritual freedom (a.k.a. self-discipline). Our loving free-spirited inner peace is reflected in our actions, our art, our kindness, and even our eyes. You can see it and feel it when you talk to one of us, or even when you sit in silence nearby. I have a feeling that you are just like me in this way, so when I say us, I do mean us.