the propulsion system of guilt and anxiety.
A) obligation. if i do something for you then you owe me something in return.
b) conscience. the state of awareness of obligation.
and there we have it in a nutshell.
all the hate and pain in society driven by two value states.
church and state drums this into us from an early age.
be obliged to doing things for others.
the word obligation has the same root as religion.
ligamen : string, thread.
ligatio : imprisonment, bondage, captivity, servitude
we derive the phrase "being roped in" from this obligation against our will.
if we weren`t tied or bound then we wouldn`t do it, would we?
so what we have is an unconscious mechanism in society whereby we are all asleep roping each other into things out of obligation and wondering how we got where we are.
and you have to ask yourself; do you ever do something without hope of repayment?
and the answer?
a disciplined withdrawal from obligation.
the high culture of 2000 years ago knew this stuff. plato wrote exstensively about it but we aren`t encouraged to read it anymore.
when you understand the latin roots of words in english you get a deeper perspective on what we are actually saying to eachother.
and have fun with this stuff. it is your life after all so why not make it enjoyable?