It’s certainly a possibility. But mainly (maybe) because we have to go a little deeper into what is considered a right.
Because, well, I just don’t know. But I do know that for all my ‘do good things and good things happen’ I miss out the notion that it’s impossible to know the effects of what you do. Particularly in the long run.
Good things can go bad, particularly when they collide with other things. The world is huge, busy and iterative; each moment built on the last. There’s a lot of room for chaos.
Which creates problems for the moral being. Even before the moral being take a good hard look at their moral self and wonders ‘how am I being, and how can I possibly know I’m right on this one’.
Conviction of rightness is dangerous. I feel that I live in a world where everything is uncertain. The idea of ‘knowing’ that what I’m doing is right, seems absurd. Because I don’t think I can know anything.
Add to my immediate distrust of objectivity the notion that my actions are out of control once they leave my body (and possibly before) and I could very easily become frozen and immobile.
We don’t know the outcomes of what we do. It’s simply impossible. The world is too full of confounding variables.
So rights can become wrong. Enough rights in collision can add up to a load of wrongs.
I guess this means the inverse is true after all, that wrongs can sometimes have unintended good consequences.
But we’re making a moral morass morassier than it needs to be.
The thing is, that you have to approach the world with the a mixture of instinct and logic teamed with awareness and sensitivity.
Don’t just act on what you decide. Listen and watch what happens. Take things from other points of view. Take time to see how things work.
And try your best.
It is literally the best you can do, and it’s worth trying. Aiming for goodness. Trying to make things ‘better’. It’s worth a shot. The alternative is too bleak.
Again, it’s a question of relying on the law of averages. If you constantly aim in the right direction, you’re more likely to hit the target (and less likely to have someone’s eye out). So you keep looking.
Don’t freewheel blindly. But pay attention.
And when you fuck up (and we will all fuck up, again and again) pick yourself back up and move on.
The world is complicated and unreal. It is unprovable and, frankly, unlikely.
But we are part of it, we can see and hear and be aware. We experience it, on some level, and it is us. If we want to build something better, we just have to think about it, and then try to make it happen.
Nothing will ever turn out as you expect. Things fall apart, not into place.
But…well…we’re creative. We make things.
That’s the opposite of entropy.
Illustration by Jaime.