Personal Salvation During the Coming Economic Chaos – Part 2
In Part 1 I discussed the destructiveness of social altruism and the pitfalls of personal altruism. Irrational selfishness ties in with altruism because altruists need irrationally selfish people. Often they go hand in hand–attempting to achieve the same illogical goals. Other times it is the self-destructive actions of the irrationally selfish that give altruists, do-gooders, world improvers and politicians something to moralize about–and unfortunately something to campaign against.
One example was prohibition. Some people destroy themselves with excessive alcohol consumption. This is a personal problem that mainly affects the individual and those close to him. The lush, alcoholic or whatever you want to call him is indulging in irrational selfishness. The altruist sees this as a social problem and begins a campaign against the sale and use of alcohol. The next thing you know laws are passed forbidding the sale of alcohol in a futile attempt to discourage its use.
I don’t have to go into all the gory details about the unfortunate consequences of prohibition. Some of these were dangerous bathtub gin, blatant disregard of the law, the rise of organized crime and a decade of the twenties called “the roaring twenties.” The prohibition amendment was finally repealed.
What is amazing is that the same economic laws that doomed prohibition also spell the doom of the drug war. Government has absolutely no chance of winning it. By now you should know that this doesn’t deter government or its representatives (politicians). They have been attacking economic law since the beginning of time–and have intensified their attacks against all logic and reason. That is why we are now witnessing an economic crisis.
Just as you must shun the anti-life philosophy of altruism–you must rid all irrational selfishness from life. It is also critical that you avoid the company of the irrationally selfish whenever possible.
Irrational Selfishness – Others
You have probably heard the old saying about “keeping good company”. Often old-fashion wisdom is applicable to the trials and tribulations of modern times. Irrationally selfish individuals may tell you that these are modern times and the “old ways” are no longer applicable. This is pure hogwash. The laws of human action have been valid since the beginning of time–and will remain valid through eternity. As long as there are beings with the logical structure of mind that humans possess–the laws of human action are true–and can guide the actions of men and women.
Irrationally selfish people indulge in self-destructive behavior. Hanging around these kinds of individuals could very well result in you adopting their ways of acting.
These types of people sacrifice long-term benefits for immediate gratification. They over-eat, shun exercise, drink too much, indulge in dangerous drugs, spend most of their money on unnecessary consumption items, etc. They also indulge in the negative emotions of anger, hate, jealousy, envy and guilt. They have low self-esteem and self-worth because their lives are out of control. Are these the people you want to associate with?
As mentioned earlier altruists need these types of people. Irrationally selfish people are the first ones to line up at the banquet of government benefits and handouts. Obviously since they indulge in self-destructive behavior–and lack self-control and self-sufficiency they come to depend on the “nanny’ state for their very survival. What they consider their personal salvation is poison to you–your beverage of hemlock. Is it any wonder we are rushing head-on into economic chaos?
Personal Irrational Selfishness
Can you afford to indulge in irrational selfishness during the chaos of economic disaster? I think it is obvious that the answer is a resounding NO. Indulging in irrational behavior will only cause you misery–and eventually accelerate your demise. Many people resort to alcohol and drugs during bad times out of sheer despair. They watch too much television or spend money they don’t have on entertainment. They will do anything to escape their pain and suffering–not realizing they are only increasing it in the not too distant future.
I expect you to live a life of joy and ecstasy. It is your perfect right to enjoy Libertarian Pleasures. The irrationally selfish individual has neither joy nor ecstasy in his life–and his enjoyment of Libertarian Pleasures is greatly diminished. There will be no personal salvation for this person.
In Part 3 I will reveal what type of person will survive and thrive during the coming economic chaos.