2018-05-12 00:40:43 UTC
It appears that these are the only two options. You can identify with yourself, or you can identify with something outside yourself. If you identify with yourself, you will be seen as being full of self. If you identify with something outside yourself, you will be seen as being full of crap. Anything you identify with outside of yourself, someone will see as a con or a power trip or another surreptitious way to do evil.
So these are our two options: Identifying with self and identifying with something outside the self. In either case you are going to get attacked. In the first case you will be seen as being full of self; in the second case you will be seen as being full of crap. With some people you just can't win.
What then is the solution to this quandary? Probably calling such people on their hypocrisy, which I have not seen done with this particular population – in this case, the cynical element, particularly in Generation X. They have made their hypothesis unfalsifiable. You are damned if you do, damned if you don't. This means that their claims are bogus, and there is no reason to listen to what they have to say. It is like the Republicans saying that liberals are losers if they don't make money and hypocrites if they do make money. Whatever you do, you are a baddy. This is completely wrong way to believe.
So it is time that more be done to challenge these attitudes. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, is a completely wrong standard to have. As for myself, my attitude is that a being that exists both as himself and as part of a greater whole will naturally have inclinations toward both, and there is nothing wrong about it. Do good and do well. The more this is done, the greater the world benefits, and that means both as individuals and as a collective.