[ 21/9/20 Daniel’s Facebook page – he asked “What does loyalty mean to you?
Who and what are you loyal to and why?”]
I am loyal to the values of individual life and individual liberty; and I acknowledge that all liberty comes with responsibility, as all form has sets of boundary conditions required for the maintenance of that level of form. Thus at every level liberty must be within the sets of constraints required for the existence of that level of complexity.
That can get complex when multiple levels of awareness and structure exist in the same space and time, as what appears necessary at one level can seem to be entirely illusory at another.
When one combines that with the many classes of fundamental uncertainty and unknowability that seem to be present in reality, and some understanding of the many classes of necessary bias and simplification in our perceptual and conceptual systems, then in seems clear that all understandings are necessarily simplistic and contain fundamental uncertainties, however reliable they may be in some contexts.
For me, it is individual sapient life, first and foremost.
And while I acknowledge that we all need social and ecological systems; none of the existing sets of social or political or economic systems seem to be a reasonable approximation to the sort of systems that are required to actually deliver long term security with reasonable degrees of freedom – so I don’t have any particular loyalty to any existing legal, political or economic system – all seem to be evolved for fundamentally different sets of conditions to those that seem to be rapidly approaching us (in terms of life extension and technological capacity more generally), and all seem to contain exploitative “cheating” strategies at multiple levels.
In terms of being loyal to the idea of freedom, that means accepting diversity, which goes some way towards acceptance of existing systems, though most fail the test of actually valuing individual life and individual liberty in practice to the degrees now required of them.
In terms of interactions with others, I attempt to be my word when I give it, or own the difference and be responsible for any unwanted consequences.
And part of accepting fundamental uncertainty in all things is accepting the logical necessity for occasional error in all things, all levels.
And I am just one limited and fallible human being, attempting to build networks of trust and relatedness so that I can use what limited resources I have to the greatest impact when the time is most appropriate. My wordpress blog contains most of my writings over the last decade.