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Morality Update

>> Thursday, March 22, 2007


I'm glad I sparked something in several of you regarding the prior post! Several who have chosen to not respond directly on this blog, have done so on yada.

It wasn't meant to be a nice little package, all dressed up in pretty bows and satin ribbons and frill and contain nothing more than fluff and other gooey sticky sweetness.

It wasn't meant to be replied to in the same automatic dispassionate response that one would give to, say, answering the question: Ketchup or Mayo?

And it certainly wasn't meant to be disregarded in the same fashion that one would disregard a fly buzzing about their ear.

I wanted you to wrestle with it.
Toss it back and forth, chew on it for a while.
Poke and prod at it.
Even, be agitated by it.

Just don't be apathetic about it!!

Spare me your apathy!

If it's one thing I don't like, it's being among the Walking Dead!

So I'm glad you all are ALIVE!! :)

The article itself and premise about how our sense of morality can be compromised by damage to certain parts of your brain, is what initially had intrigued me.

Experiencing an emotional Catch-22 regarding reconciling and coming to terms with an otherwise highly unpleasant answer, is normal.

The book I have included in this post, The Denial Of Death, addresses our concern with how we arrive at certain conclusions about denying death and how we cope with that.

Interestingly, the author, Ernest Becker (1924 - 1974) had received his Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology from Syracuse University.

How each of us dealt with those proposed dilemma's, though vary across the board, are all still steeped in a level of denial to accept a certain reality. Responses ran the gamut of choosing to not make a choice (which is Still a choice), to including the death of yourself at the same time, to believing there must have been other options, to how can one choose, to rationalizing (my own answer) to trying to apply logic to feelings, to even believing it is a sin to even consider the possibility of these dilemmas.

These are all ways to help wrap our minds around the horrible dilemma and serve to protect us from the reality of our 'choice'.
Denial, though given a bad rap, serves the purpose of being a buffer between a horrible circumstance and what our mind can actually accept at a given time. It's actually meant to be a protective device for us on some level. Hawkeye's own denial of the awful truth had him believing the baby's cries were actually the squawkings of a chicken. His own denial system had been working real hard to 'protect' him from the cold, hard truth, and at the expense of his own sanity.

Without a healthy amount of denial, we really wouldn't exist.
Or rather, wouldn't exist outside a psychiatric institution, as the harsh reality of some things, in this instance, allowing the murder of a child of ours, so that another can live. If we don't allow ourselves to reconcile that horrible truth in some fashion, we, will go insane.

On a much more lighter note, that article had me reminiscing about the old M*A*S*H Shows.

I loved to watch them, all of them.

Somewhere between 109 and 125 million people watched that famous last episode, appropriately titled:

"Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen"

For those who would like a quick trip down memory lane for that last episode, please see the link Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen as it includes a wonderful synopsis of this last episode, not only Hawkeye's Internal Struggle and resolution, but how each character had dealt with the end of the war. Good Stuff! :)

1 Reflections:

JQP 9:06 AM, March 23, 2007  

M*A*S*H was -- IS -- one of my all-time favorite shows. Can't tell you how many times I have seen each episode.

As for the morality play..... this forum is far too small and time limited to adequately address my thoughts on the issue.

I knew your original post was about the effect of brain damage. But you're right -- the reactions it generated was fascinating.

And just a little painful.

Funny how sometimes we need to be poked and prodded to face reality.

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