do you deserve to be wealthy?
Note: video version has extensive additional commentary.
Here are two distinct types of conversations.
One conversation says “I deserve to be like this, however, some people- some other people besides me- do not deserve to be like this, but like that instead.” One example would be “I deserve to be wealthy.” Another similar example would be “I do not deserve to be wealthy.” That is all part of the same conversation, which we could call a conversation of justifying, as in justification.
We may think even of that as a conversation for isolation and resistance. We can isolate two distinct sets of people, such as those who do deserve to be wealthy and those who might deserve something else, but not that. That is of course all just a bunch of language.
We may isolate the groups. We may resist any violation of our categorization of people- like people should not switch from either of the two categories to the other without our approval. “Wait, but he does not deserve that! That’s simply unjustified.” That could be a complaint of unjustified punishment or of envy for unjustified benefit. We can use language as a protest or resistance against however life may be already. We first isolate life into how it should be (using language), then protest against any inconsistency between our language and life- like our language was fundamental and life was a mere effect of our language.
We may think that whether we think something is justified is going to influence the future. We may even be right. We may think that what we say influences the future. Wouldn’t it?
So, we may say “But I really deserve something other than this!” That’s right- we may think that we should be able to declare that we deserve something, and then it will magically appear because we say that we deserve it. However, deserving a certain something apparently might not be the same as having that something, right?
Now, lets consider a distinct conversation. “I am as wealthy as I am.” “Right now, I am as wealthy as I can be right now.”
These may seem a bit silly at first, but see where this goes: “how wealthy could I be?” “Right now, how could I be wealthy?”
Suddenly, rather than anything like a conversation for justification, a conversation for attention shows up. “How can I direct my attention on appreciation, like on ways that I might already be wealthy, for instance?”
One may have a wealth of knowledge or a wealth of friends or even a wealth of material resources. One may have none of these or all of them.
Deserving what one has (or not) is entirely conceptual, as in linguistic. Having what one has may or may not be linguistic.
For instance, you can have a roof without being able to name it in language. You can have an endocrine system without even knowing you are awake- like breathing can happen by itself without language declaring whether or not you deserve it.
We have what we have. We do not have what we do not have.
Some of us have conversations about who deserves what. Some of us have conversations about what would be “justifiable” and then whether or not a particular thing is justifiable. Some of us do not even have any conversations at all.
We recognize certain possibilities. We may even recognize certain probabilities or even certainties. Certainties, though, tend to overlap in to “things that deserve to be true- they really should be true, certainly.”
So, we could say that conversations for justification are actually conversations for certainty. Distinct from those could be conversations for attention, which we might even call conversations for possibility. What possibility- which we are not going to sidetrack into arguing about whether it deserves to be or not- is the possibility that we declare as the focus of attention in this particular moment of eternity?
By the way, it is still a valid focus of attention to explore a conversation for whether or not a certain possibility is deserved or justified or even certain. It’s possible that some things are certain, so if you’d like to argue, the question of certainty is one possible conversation to pursue.
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