As long as the people are constantly distracted and fighting each other, they do not have time or mental energy to recognize who is truly manipulating them or for what purpose, nor do they have time to think about what is truly in their best interest.
I sometimes struggle with the motivations for my decisions: am I doing what is best for myself and others because it is the right decision, or because I am seeking to be seen by others as a good person (and therefore have the excuse to tell myself I am)?
It seems that human history evolves in continuous cycles of birth, growth, decay and destruction, with the shoot of the next society emerging from the ashes of the last. As western civilization dives deeper into the cycle of decay, the mechanisms of propaganda are in full force, as competing tribes increasingly and blatantly use emotional manipulation to drive the populace in the direction they want.
Virtues are the attributes that I seek to cultivate in myself through habit, both for the betterment of myself and the world I live in. Living a life of virtue can be a challenge while living a life of vice is easy – that alone is a signal to me of what is proper behavior.
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