In my opinion Self-Preservation is one of the greatest lies ever told. It has become such a big lie in society that it has reached mythological status hence the title of this blog post. The LIE of Self-Preservation has been told to us in order to keep people from realizing that our preservation lies in our generations to follow us and the communities that we build, nurture, and grow together.
The definition of Self-Preservation according to Webster’s is:
preservation of oneself from destruction or harm
a natural or instinctive tendency to act so as to preserve one’s own existence
From the outset, that doesn’t seem like a bad thing does it? To want to make sure that you keep yourself from destruction or harm, to want to preserve your own existence, what could be wrong with that? Let’s start with this, Self-Preservation focuses solely on “self” and ignores the simple truth that we don’t live in a world by ourselves. Contrary to the popular belief of some, you cannot live independently from the rest of the world. We all need something from each other, be it something we purchase, trade, or just time from one another, you cannot thrive in this world on your own. We are an interdependent society, and the truth of the matter is we’ve always been.
If you think about it from this perspective, the concept of self-preservation really takes on a different meaning. It now means preserving what you think is yours at the hurt of all others around you that are depending on you. Our society thrives when we work together in communities that share common goals, standards, and outlooks on life. The only people that benefit from a self-preservation mindset are those who look to manipulate and control people for their own purposes. The reason I believe this to be true is someone who is only about themselves will never take a firm stance on anything, nor do they know/live the meaning of words like honesty, integrity, respect, and loyalty.
I’d like to leave you all with this thought: what if as a society we switched from a self-preservation mindset to a sustainable community mindset? Can you imagine for 1 second what that would be like on a job? At home? In church? In your family? Can you see it? If you answered yes to that question, then you need to get up and do something about it.