What Do You Owe The World?

I lost a ‘friend’ because I disagreed with his idea of duty. So let’s look at the word. To set it up for you, we were talking about sending troops to Syria…

J: “you know all I’ve heard is excuses to not help them, but not a single one is a real reason as to why we do not have the DUTY to help”

Ronin: “Why do I have a duty to help someone I didn’t bring into the world”

That was the last straw for him. Oh well. So, what is our duty?

Duty (from Dictionary.com)

1. something that one is expected or required to do by moral or legal obligation.

2. the binding or obligatory force of something that is morally or legally right; moral or legal obligation.
3. an action or task required by a person’s position or occupation; function: the duties of a clergyman.
4. the respectful and obedient conduct due a parent, superior, elder, etc.
5. an act or expression of respect.
6. a task or chore that a person is expected to perform: It’s your duty to do the dishes.
7. (Military)
1. an assigned task, occupation, or place of service: He was on radar duty for two years.
2. the military service required of a citizen by a country: After graduation, he began his duty.

I agree with the first and second ones…to a point. However who determines what is moral? And legality isn’t always moral. Hitler ordered the death of what he considered ‘impure’ races as the moral duty to the Fatherland and Aryan Race. Karl Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Castro said you had a duty to the State.

“From each according to his ability, to each according to their need.”

That ring a bell? The only duty you have is one that you personally take on, using your own ability, strength, and property. You get married, you have a duty to your spouse. You have kids, you have a duty to your kids. You apply for and get a job, you have a duty to do the job you applied for.

No one else signed up to take care of you, your kids or your job. It’s not our duty nor obligation. Duty is a word used to guilt people into doing what you want.

“You have a duty to join the military, or help others.”

Actually I don’t. First, I didn’t ask for this fight, nor did I bring others into this world. My only duty to society is this…to not be another person’s or society’s burden. If you choose to help others, that’s all well and good. Just don’t coerce other people who didn’t ask or want to be involved with your efforts.

Altruism ceases to be pure when you step on one to help the other. Ronin

0 thoughts on “What Do You Owe The World?

  1. “Duty is a word used to guilt people into doing what you want.” Absofrigginlutely! It is just a manipulative word, nothing more.

    I’ve gotten into some really nasty arguments over this topic and have lost a cyber buddy or two for it. I’ve pretty much learned to take it in stride every time someone calls me something like, ‘elitist Randian bitch’ when I claim that I don’t owe anyone a damned thing – that my only duty or obligation is to care for myself and my family. Fuck anyone who doesn’t grasp that it doesn’t mean I won’t or don’t help people in need. I just don’t see the point in doing things out of some skewed sense of ‘duty’ or ‘obligation’ as it removes the sincerity and meaning from the action of helping, assisting…whatever you want to call it.

    1. “I just don’t see the point in doing things out of some skewed sense of ‘duty’ or ‘obligation’ as it removes the sincerity and meaning from the action of helping, assisting…whatever you want to call it.”

      Well put, I’m sharing that with the Pack. The guy I was debating said it didn’t matter if the majority was against going to war, it was the right thing to do. I said he wanted their money to pay for it, so they have a say. His reasoning makes him no better than the tyrants he wants to go after.

      Fuck people’s rights, Do what I say.

  2. But dontcha know that it’s okay to act like a tyrant so long as it is for the ‘greater good’ or is done with the intent of taking down (other) tyrants? Ack, I hate that kind of reasoning – or lack thereof.

    Seriously, is live & let live really all that complicated? We sure seem to have an awfully hard time grasping the concept, don’t we?

    1. Oh yes. Sorta like our drone attacks in Pakistan after their government said stop.

      If England flew a drone over here and wiped out some IRA and a few Americans we’d be pissed. But doing it to other countries is fine.

      We’re not hated for our *cough*freedoms*cough*, we’re hated because we interfere with everything.

What are your thoughts about this?

%d bloggers like this: