There seems to me, to be a dreadful dissonance between defensible metaphysical positions, the one's I should say, which are held by noble minds, and the psychological requirements inherently involved in the forming of some kind of sanity preserving world-view.
There seem to be similar patterns of dissonance in other sectors of society which can be examined too. Almost no political thinker held in any great esteem endorses the prohibition by the state on victim-less crimes, i.e. drugs. Not for just argument sake, as I do know of some European psychiatrist who has published books on the positive effects of varied drug use in releasing cognitive potentialities, in the light of these sorts of assertions it seems especially wrong to deprive any citizen of the right to self-determination through what must be construed as a corruption of the law.
Politics seems to ignore these good arguments which vindicate individual liberty, and not for entirely wrong reasons; generally society sees the objective value in being able to compel an addict to face treatment and bolster the deterrence for drug induced delinquency. But society is not supposed to have a preconceived formulation which our law-makers can push us into using criminal law, thats social engineering and rather authoritarian. And so our personal liberty has been sacrificed on the alter of societies immutable demand to be rendered servile and safe in the clutches of Big brother ensuring us that we are all captured and cared for beneath the system that promises to keep us safe, because we cant take responsibility for ourselves.
Well that is kind of the point I wanted to get at when I started writing this at the very beginning, How much responsibility can we bear to take, it seems people have quite a low tolerance for it. Wow, I sort of started writing this thinking it would end as a sort of query, now I feel I'm onto something, perhaps the answer to almost everything is just, how much responsibility can you muster, it is a question that, although perhaps not too expounded on here, does transcend the abstract thought realm quite clearly in how it manages to break into the present moment, how tangibly one can relate intentionality and one's expression of the will in ways one recognizes.
Well my original intention was to get back to what I was talking about more specifically in my opening paragraph;- Death denial, which is perhaps the fundament of culture, ennui - what happens when we are finally sick of culture, and then we have metaphysical constraints and concerns... Stuck in this sea, can we ever construct an island on which to plant ourselves so that we might flourish?