I would encourage you to read the piece from John Donne that the following quote is from. Whether or not you are Christian, the philosophy described therein is something that needs to be thought about seriously. This quote has been used in many places, but it still has important information to impart to us.
Almost every religion out there (Yes, including things like Luciferianism and Satanism), has a similar philosophy. And science is quickly coming to a similar understanding, that each individual life (not just human but all life) is part of a greater whole – and as such little changes in one part of that whole can affect the entire shebang.
We are NOT alone, unconnected from each other. EVERY choice we make affects the choices of those within our sphere of influence, which means that not only do our choices affect us and those around us, they affect others in an exponential progression.
Let me give you a visual. It only goes to 3 levels, but if I continued it on to infinity, you would never be able to see the whole. But, even if you can’t visualize the progression, this should give you an idea of what I’m saying.
Yet other philosophers, like Ayn Rand, will tell you that reality only exists in the mind of the person thinking. That objective reality only exists to the extent that you can understand it.
Sadly, that has essentially led her (and people like her) to believe that the individual is the sole purpose of creation. That no person should ever consider the needs of others. Compassion is weakness to these people.
Sadly, many of the conservatives that today are praising the philosophy of Objectivism and canonizing Ayn Rand would be horrified to hear that their beloved Objectivism is the same as the philosophies of LeVeyan Satanism. Yes, all of those lovely evangelical Christians are following the philosophies of a Satanist. LeVeyan Satanism believes each person is their own godhead, and thereby is solely responsible for himself/herself and responsible only TO herself/himself.
But there’s one point where Leveyan Satanism parts from Objectivist thinking – they believe in what is called enlightened self-interest. In other words, if a choice or action – even if it is painful or negative for one’s own self in the short term – that benefits them in the long term, they are likely to do make that choice or do that action.
Unfortunately, this type of conservative doesn’t understand the concept of looking “at the big picture.” For them, it seems to come down to materialism (a choice that their OWN God has decried through Paul – I Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil), ego-centrism, and a twisted sense of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “Nature, red in tooth and claw.”
Now, I do understand the concept of natural selection. But why, since Darwinism is anathema to these people, are they espousing a philosophy that enshrines it as a “godly choice?”
People gather together for many reasons, but it all comes down to not wanting to be alone. To be able to think that you are not so different, not so “out of the norm,” but actually belong somewhere is the main purpose behind most gathering of human beings.
But we have to learn that NONE of us are alone. That we ALL are a part of the world, and that our choices ALL affect everyone.