Are there absolutes? You know certain truths that don’t change no matter where you are; who you are; or what you are.
Think of all the absolutes that we know – the world is flat; the earth is at the center of the universe; the Titanic was unsinkable; General Motors was too big and important to go bankrupt; there would never be a roof over Wimbledon…you get the point.
Many have struggled with the notion of absolute good and absolute evil – often, by the way, leaders of opposing countries; religions ideologies cast themselves one way and the focus of their ire the other.
However, and forgive my partisan; regional skew – its July 4th and I’m in the USA this week – maybe there is an absolute or two – an immutable law of the Human Race that despite local nuance and custom – “All Relationships Are Local” — are basic to our existence.
The founders of the US expressed this notion as follows – “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.
Students of history will know right away that not all the founders actually believed that “ALL men are created equal” but enough did to make this revolutionary – and the use of language – creator as opposed to a specific deity was equally revolutionary.
As for absolutes – here we go – “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” What could possibly be more basic; more unconditional; more unlimited?
So as we follow the news; work our network; interact with others and wonder what the hell is going on around the world – remember…..life; liberty and the pursuit of happiness – can’t have one without the other.
Now get out there and pursue happiness – hopefully the rest will follow!