Never Say Never

What wouldn’t you do?

Think about that for a moment.  Is there anything you can say with all certainty that you will never EVER do, no matter the circumstances?

Are you sure about that?

Now, take that thing that you will never EVER do, no matter the circumstances.  Why won’t you do it?  Are there circumstances in which that thing is justified, even if you wouldn’t do it?  If someone else did it, could you excuse it?   Could you forgive it?

Where do you draw the line?

This post seems full of questions, I know, but I’m actually trying to make a point here.

My blog title should tell you a little bit about how I view morality, but I’ll restate for the sake of repetition – I believe that morality is fluid and situational.  I believe that the ethical choice, as deemed by society, may not always be the right choice.  I believe that no action by a human being should be called inhuman, as are so many actions by people who commit acts we deem abhorrent.  An action by a human cannot be anything but a human action and yet we persist in using “inhuman” to define action for the purpose of separating what one human did from what another human does.

The fact is, dear reader, if we are human (and I assume most of you are) we have the capacity for all human actions.  Never say never – we have the capacity for murder.  We have the capacity for assault.  We have the capacity for rape.  We have the capacity for fraud, and theft, and trafficking, and acting solely toward getting our next fix.  We have the capacity for acting holier than thou and being a total asshole and making shit weird.  We are all capable of these things and to deny this is to turn the human race into “US” and “THEM”.

When has “US” and “THEM” ever been of benefit?  Could you do it?  Could you excuse it in someone else?

What wouldn’t you do?

Are you sure?

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