The Absolute and Personal Value

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If when scrutinized by the absolute, nothing has real value, because it is merely a subset of a more essential structure, then where does that put us, as persons on a ranking of values? Consider the following: we live in a deeply subjective reality, within which we can barely control anything. Even our minds and bodies we have limited control over. Try not going to sleep for a week. Better yet, try not feeling tired while doing it. It could be possible, but the chances are you will not be able to do it. Our minds are bodies are systems partially independent of our will. If you think mind and will are the same, try not thinking anything for a minute or two.

The pertinent question is how important are we then? To resolve this issue, we should take a look at what personal importance. We can readily conceive that 1) we are important to ourselves and 2) that we are important to some other people. Both types of importance are equally flimsy structures. First of all, real value does not lie in the subjective realm, so we can easily eliminate number 2. If the importance other people gave us had any real value (note: value is a characteristic an adequate structure) then we would never be confronted with losing that importance. Besides, how many times people became important for no good reason? Think presidents... Similarly, if our own self-importance was a well constructed structure, then nobody would ever have depressive and/or suicidal thoughts. Besides, both types of importance are imposed on our thinking. Most of us didn't go through any thought process to establish their own importance or that of just comes to be. That's another way of saying that the construct hasn't been made for any real good reason.

We are the center of our own universe, since we are the center of our own perception and thought; fortunately we can at least hope to think beyond ourselves. Our existence is flimsy and temporal, our minds are usually erroneous, we do not actually own our bodies or identities, our importance is given or taken by others, and even when it's given to us, it still lacks value. Compared to the world we are insignificant. When we cease to exist the world will just move on as if we never existed. When we're in pain, there aren't many people who actually care, and similarly, there aren't many people we care for their pain. We, and them, are insignificant. If that wasn't true, then we would be living better lives, but we don't. Our minds are subjective. We are tied to a skewed reality, altered both by our perception systems and the interpretation methods, stuck inside a small, tiny body. If our minds were significant, then we would be objective. If we were actually significant, then we would never hurt or cease to exist. But we aren't and we need to come to terms with that.

In any case, compared to the Absolute, nothing has real value. But the question is where do we stand on a rank of values? We are certainly not the second most important thing after the absolute, but we cannot conceive the second most valuable structure without some subjectivity. This creates a relationship between our own construction and that which ranks second. Personal value can't be the second since there can't be any without a society. If i was the only one in existence, there wouldn't be any reason to think of personal value, nor anybody to give me any importance. Being conditioned by our human nature, the second most important thing should be this: The relationships we form with our fellow humans and environment. At this level we still remain insignificant, but at least we can derive some direction into what we can put effort into. The most important thing we can do is treat ourselves, each other and our hosting environment with respect and dignity.