This supposedly simple truth is one that I’m not at all sure I agree with.
No matter how logical statements like these first appear to be, there’s always something about them that pulls at that questioning part inside of me.
The part that makes me wonder whether or not we should accept statements like these too easily, and if we do accept them, what is it exactly that we are buying into when we do?
Saying that one shouldn’t expect a lion not to eat a person just because a person wouldn’t eat a lion, which is indeed a true statement, is one thing, but to then use this truth as a justification for saying that we shouldn’t expect the world, (which really means the people in it as the world itself is an inanimate object), to treat us fairly just because we treat others fairly, is another issue entirely.
After all, people are not lions….. and now that we’ve established that fact……
Just why is it again that we’re not to expect others to treat us fairly if we do the same to them?
Oh that’s right, it’s because being preyed upon, ripped off, taken advantage of, lied too, stolen from, beaten up or maimed in some way by others in life, is supposedly all part of the natural order of things, therefore we should just accept and expect it.
Well it may be the natural order of things for lion’s to behave in this way, but once again, people are not lions and I’m still far from convinced that behaving like a wild animal, in any way, should constitute what’s considered to be the natural order of behavior for human beings.
I don’t truly think that many people would, upon rational reflection, agree to the statement that we should all expect to be preyed upon by others.
Nor accept the idea that being nice to others automatically means that we deserve to become the victims of human predators.
Especially considering that the validation of such ideas are based on little more than the observation that lions in the wild, hunt to survive.
Or perhaps I’m just being foolish.
What do you think?