The Moral High Ground

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Submitted: October 16, 2018

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As Saul Alinsky states someone who fears corruption fears life. What is usually called purity or innocence is best desribed as the mentality of a child. Children are considered pure due to their immature, naive and simplistic worldview. In the story of the garden of Eden Adam and Eve are like children before they eat the apple and for some reason this mentality is held up as something to admire and aspire to. Why should any adult aspire to be like a child?
To live in this imperfect world among us flawed and often stupid and cruel humans is impossible to do while remaining "pure". To be pure is to be ignorant of evil and suffering. It means being unaware of and blind to the many trials of life and the unfairness of life. Remaining pure means being wilfully ignorant of suffering and the ugly realities of life. Purity and innocence are luxuries that us adults cannot afford. We try to grant this luxury to children and we should but with maturity should come an understanding of the necessity of evil.
The moral high ground is completely worthless. Being the supposedly better person is foolish and sucidal when everything you care about is being threatened. You shouldn't turn the other cheek and "be the better person", you should fight to keep what you have by any means necessary. You won't find salvation or enlightenment by being ignorant and suicidal. History is written by winners. Those who have power get to decide how things work and those without power have no choice but to accept their rule. If you wish to, for some reason, influence how the world works you need to find a way to take power. 


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