Pic isn't really that related, but seems to be on the surface level.
What makes an individual if his rights are given by the state? Is this really radical individualism? Even it more individualist if there were no government at all and everyone would either have to live and fight, or cower and die? In this sense, isn't the idea of indivualism be completely contradictory to the notion of rights? How can people be individuals if their rights are given and ensured by an external force? Conversely, how can people have rights, if everyone are truly individual and uphold their own livelihood and future with nothing but their own power, which in the process may stop other people from being able to do the same?
Case in point "the only rights of which we can legitimately speak are the inalienable (natural) rights of the individual which are independent of society which include, above all, the right to pursue one's own ends so long as they do not interfere with the rights of others." (Held 2006 pg 202)
Unless he meant traditional rights, how the heck are the natural rights "inalienable" and "independent" when you can't "interfere with the rights of others"?! Just what does he think individual and society mean?!!
But why are contradicting statements such a good description of our world?! Why is everything that we see and do essentially a contradiction?!!
"Ownership of property and the appropriation of of the fruits of one's labour are fully justified if all that is acquired is justly acquired originally originally and/or the result of open and voluntary transaction between mature and knowledgeable individuals." (Held 2006 pg202)
How is the right to ownership and property "inalienable (natural) rights of the individual which are independent of society" when it HAS TO BE "justly [ACQUIRED]" OR HAS TO BE OBTAINED THOUGH ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL?!!
When will we wake up and realize that individualism as a concept is nothing but a false and self contradicting concept that serves no other purpose other than allow and propel greed, self gain, and self righteousness? I'm not saying that this is right or wrong, as I am not God, but if this is indeed what human live for, WHY THE FUCK DO WE HAVE TO BE CONSTANTLY DENYING THIS FACT?!! IF THIS IS REALLY THE WAY HUMANS ARE MEANT TO LIVE, WHY DON'T WE JUST COME OUT AND ADMIT IT? To ourselves, to the world, to the whole philosophical spectrum, to the entire human race?!!! WHY can't we do that?!! *Edit: This is what it would be if I took away all the emotions, "Just how justified is the assumption that individual should be the basic unit of societies? Logically? What do we ultimately want? Are we more honest when we say we want world peace? When we say that we only want the best for ourselves? Could is it possible for man to really be able to justify this one way or another? "
...is self contradiction, instead of lie, the root of all problems? Is contradiction the "original sin"?
Why are human so capable of not just living with, but BY contradictions?
Have a good day everyone... if you still can anyway.