Mankind, society and your family and friends are all under a double-sided set of obligations.
On the one hand, you accept your environment and your lot in life at face value without any inquiry into their true nature.
This can yield feelings of disappointment and the type of powerlessness that commands people to do truly evil things.
We feel obliged to behave a certain way to our friends, family and society. This obligation feels unchallengeable. We feel that there must be good reasons to share the locus of good behavior with the rest.
But we also feel that being asked to produce any of these reasons is an unreasonable request.
Paradoxically, the unchallenged acceptance of one’s surroundings and cultural norms serves to both nourish and threaten individuality.
Unchallenged acceptance of what is causes conflict within every thinking person.
At its heart is the sacrifice of one’s own voice and nature for the sake of the group, which is simultaneously responsible for providing comfort and support, and for suppressing alternatives to the status quo.
But we seldom remind ourselves of the magnitude of our commonality, preferring instead to think and speak as individuals rather than cells in an organism. When we focus on the differences, we inspire conflict. And vice versa.