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  • Writer's pictureEllen Dodd

Just do What you Want…


So, I'm a bit of a philosopher. I like to come up with different philosophies then basically tear them to shreds to see how they hold up. A while ago I came up with a sort of philosophy that everyone should simply do what they want.


If we all did what we truly wanted we'd be happy, was my reckoning.


However, I've thought about it at length and came to realise there are a few things standing in the way of my philosophy, and one of them is evil.


Those with evil within may simply do what they want and go about killing people, or stealing, etc. So this is kind of a buzz kill on my somewhat anarchist views.


I remedied it with my essential law: Do No Harm. But still, I met further challenges.


Firstly, what a lot of us WANT to do is be lazy, party, etc. This is really hard to achieve in society whilst making a living. So, society needs to change for us on an individual level to be able to do what we truly want.


Society causes us to HAVE to do things we don't want to do. That being said, some things we don't want to do we have to. Childbirth for instance, although I think needs reframed isn't at present comfortable or what people may want to do. But they may want children, so that would motivate them to do what they don't want to do which is give birth. That's just an example.


So sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do. I can't imagine any society where we wouldn't work at all, so we will probably always have to at least SOMETIMES do things we don't want to do. I think we should work less hours on less days, overall, considering how many people live on the planet now. More people is less work, but so many are unemployed and such like that we still have to work loads. Plus, with the current economy most small businesses couldn't afford to employ more full time staff with the same wage on less hours.


However: huge corporations could, by lessening profits for shareholders (within reason as without a reason to invest they'd sell, harming the company), but also by reducing wages of those at the top and trying to create a fairer working system.


I think top salaries should be capped at £500k or something, or some percentage of funds, depending on the size of the company, leaving lots of money for fair wages and hours for the employees. This would revolutionise the world, and the ecnonomy, leaving a better state of affairs for the smaller businesses to follow.


Additionally, if these corporations payed their fair share of taxes we'd have lower taxes for everyone including businesses, as well as having more public money.


So my faith in these things happening is pretty low, I'm not gonna lie, as these corporations currently DON'T pay taxes so their level of social responsibility doesn't outweigh their greed. So, why would they start a workers revolution? Those at the top take on the role of enemy of the worker. It's wrong. We are all in this together.


Wow that was a ramble, back to the case at hand. So, sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do. So my philosophy may be hard to embody.


But it's still something to reflect upon when making decisions, what do you WANT to do?


This brings up the final issue with the whole thing I'll mention, which is not KNOWING what you want to do in the first place!! This is my biggest challenge in embodying just doing what I want. But what is that?


So I'm not sure it's the philosophical answer to life, but considering what YOU want is important, in any decision or endeavour. Just be sure to follow the essential law, do no harm. Peace out homies x

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