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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Choice & Decision Analysis | To Each His Own – An Escape Route From Responsible Thinking

“To each his own” implies each person has the right to make individual choices. This statement does not remind each person of the responsibility that comes along with making individual choices.

Individual Choices Affect Others

There is very little a person decides that does not affect another living or non-living thing.

Most everything each person decides affects their genetics and affects the genetics of others. What affects genetics, affects decisions. This is why one person's decisions affects another person's decisions. Decisions are part of life's sequence of motions. Each decision is a motion that influences other motions. This is quickly evident when it comes to each person's children and other family members.

An Escape Clause As An Escape Route

“To each his own” is an escape clause used as an escape route. It is used to escape from responsible thinking. It is used to avoid thinking about the impact of choices and decisions. It is used to shut out spiritual sensibility. This allows choices and decisions to make mind-centered (non)sense and allows the individual to live an incongruent, inconsistent, incompatible, conflicted contradictory life.

“To each his own” is used most often to avoid the need to reconcile words and thoughts with actions and deeds.

What Each Decision Decides

Most decisions are direct commentaries on the person's values and the worldview. Nearly every decision is an agreement or disagreement with a worldview.

Most decisions are not trivial. All decisions add up to the total person. Most decisions are clear indications of the person's mental state, emotional state, physical state and spiritual state.

Saying One Thing, Believing Another Is Pathological

If “to each his own,” was truly the way things are supposed to be, there would be no human laws that made personal choices illegal. No one would interfere with another being's inherent rights. Each person could pick and choose their own set of natural laws to follow and even make up some new ones.

Truth is, “to each his own,” can never work under any scenario: harmony or disharmony, balance or imbalance, socialism or capitalism. This is because “to each his own” essentially is the gateway to individual laws, rules and values. “To each his own” is a threat to both justice and injustice as well as to the restoration of natural order and to maintaining the current disorder.

If “to each his own” was truly the majority view, there'd be very little concern about what others do. There'd be very little gossip, sneaky co-workers, nosy neighbors and silly lawmakers (voting citizens).

Think Responsibly

“To each his own” is partly responsible for:
1. humans establishing laws and behaviors in opposition to natural laws
2. individuals who decide to waste the Creator's energy
3. a person who only considers self-desires when deciding how to use capabilities and resources.
4. damage to the universal ecosystem
5. the disconnect between ancestors and descendents
6. the foolish notion that individuals can pick and choose their own set of values and still achieve family Umoja, Ubuntu (1) and Harmony.

“To each his own” is just another way to say there is no need to consider personal responsibility when making personal choices. This individual mentality leads to the mentality that causes national and global disparities. “To each his own” is a mindset that justifies interference with the access to basic resources and interference with the inherent rights of others beings. This is selfish, criminal and anti-God behavior because it is in direct opposition to the natural order established by the Supreme Spirit Being. It is in direct opposition to unity, family, community and civilization. The thought process that leads to, “to each his own” runs counter to the stability necessary for co-existence.

Personal Choice Scorecard

When there is substantial mis-education, personal choice is a very dangerous thing. Most people already choose the wrong things to eat, the wrong use of capabilities, the wrong relationships and the wrong people to listen to. “To each his own” paired with mis-education leads to self-destruction and harm to others.

Decisions require the maturity to make decisions. If a person is maturing, the evidence of that learning would be choices that were beneficial. The same is true on a societal level.

To Each His Own Spirit Has Been Given

Each person has a spirit. The Creator has given us the choice to use this spirit or not. This choice is “to each his own.” Every decision is a reflection of whether the person is a living as mini-me or ME (Manifest Essence).

Each person has also been chosen to receive capabilities to carry out all intended purposes during the time the person is physically alive and for the time after transition.

Mis-education breeds the self-deception that causes a person to talk about realities but act out illusion. The self-deception is believing that self-selection (to each his own) is the best way to live when the best teacher – spirit – is not used to guide choices & decisions.

Spirit is the oldest thing each person has. Spirit is older than the oldest human, older than Earth and older than Universe. This spirit should know what's what. Using spirit when making choices & decisions on essential matters helps each person sort through the human chatter.

Healthy Choices Require Careful Consideration

“To each his own” is a quick, go-to phrase used as plausible deniability to fend off responsible thinking. It is a pitiful excuse to justify lazy, noncritical non-communal thinking and to justify immature behavior. Each person who uses it as an escape route will remain imbalanced in thought and inconsiderate in action.

Though “to each his own” may be used to feel grown, it is undisciplined. Though the phrase may sound good and feel good, no one is “entitled” to make choices that interfere with another being's ability to make personal choices. The moment a person violates this natural law, that person sets in motion what will eventually limit their own personal choices. Who does not know this? This is why the intelligent choice collaborates with the spiritual voice who designed life & existence based on the interconnections of all things. A system that does not honor this is a flawed system that will never work for some and eventually not work for anyone. This has been pre-established in the underpinnings of the natural world that allows life to exist.

Individual choices & decisions are significant. “To each his own,” if used, must be used with caution. Because personal decisions often have consequences for others, personal choices must be made only after careful consideration.

”Ubuntu has to do with compassion and consideration for others. [my emphasis] It is summed up in religious philosopher John Mbiti’s frequently cited observation about the African view of man/woman: “I am, because we are; and since we are, therefore I am.”” (1) Asante, Molefi Kete and Mazama, Ama Editors, “Encyclopedia Of African Religion,” (2009) p. 13.

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