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EagleMan wrote:It's funny. I've read a lot on ethics, on how to live your life properly. But we can't all be leaders deciding the fates of millions. Despite all the reading and thought I've put into it, I'm still just a guy on a computer on some forum. The chance to do something right, to face a real ethical situation, rarely happens, and even then you usually have no idea if what you're doing is right or wrong because you have so little information to work with, and you have no idea how the effects of your actions will spiral out per the butterfly effect.
That person may be right in some respects, but only in the way that there is no why for any of us to exist, given that that person probably said it in a quite negative way. There is no ultimate, objective reason for any of us to exist. There is only what we give ourselves.
I wouldn't say that's selfish. I'd wager that your guilt probably stems from a sense of unfulfilled potential. You hear these bad things, and you're sad that you aren't out there making some difference (of course, that feeling doesn't tend to relate to reality - just like how people with tons of friends can feel lonely). So you know it has nothing to do with you, but you feel like you could've done something in the abstract, and that guilt may come from knowing you aren't living to your fullest self. But most everyone feels that. And anyone who has the audacity to declare themselves as living up to their fullest potential clearly aren't. So it's not selfish. You're thinking about yourself, sure, but you're thinking about it in relation to the fact that maybe you could've done something about some similar situation somewhere. That's not making it about you. Of course maybe you feel what I said doesn't reflect you and I was off the mark and that's fine too.
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