Certain, Quite Certain

I have a thought for you, my friend of the dead. I only wish that you were here to think it.

Those of us who have lived a life when we learn as much as possible watch. We do not so much act on the petty scale: no children, no concern with becoming wealthy. Yet, we recognize the necessity of material goods: no automobiles if we can live without them. We also have no fixed political beliefs. There are no parties to which we attach ourselves in the way that many humans attach themselves to families, or to "tribes" as is the word-to-use these days. We are open to the thoughts of others; we listen to those whose beliefs are presently offensive to ours. There are necessary considerations, and these thoughts cannot arise - cannot continue existence - without an openness to the political and to the philosophical other. This openness separates us from many. It places our way of being in another light for much of the race. We are burned alive, or perhaps forced to drink hemlock. Those who do not sympathize with our way of being wish for our absence - here is where you enter my friend. They have determined notions of right and wrong. They "know" what to do in every situation. They are able to decide quickly and act at least as fast as they decide.

And there are no concerns over the consequences - intended or otherwise - of their decisions.