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The best and worst of humanity - Johnny Jackson

The best and worst in humanity are necessary compliments. Rather the best and worst of humanity effectively compliment each other.

That is to say that the capacity of human kindness is as much never-ending as it is often short-lived.

These are colorfully juxtaposed characteristics of society. And they are eerily perplexing in retrospect. Enough so that philosophers have argued for years about the downfall of societies lacking much of the better half of humanity, the selfless half.

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argued that inevitably the effects of nihilism would corrode and destroy all moral, religious, and metaphysical convictions, creating the greatest crisis in human history - widespread tyranny. Nietzsche believed individualism as in most western societies might cause the collapse of modern-day social order and security.

So it goes.

Even on Aug. 31, individuals scrambled to gas stations across the Southeast, some waiting hours, to have their chance to consume an increasingly valuable resource. But supposedly few absolutely needed fuel immediately or realized that their unfettered scramble unnecessarily rarefied the valued resource. That is, the increased demand created a market festered in price gouging and frivolous, selfish spatting.

Alas, that market lasted briefly as individuals were satisfied and learned more about the natural disaster that still consumes the Delta. The new market of giving arrived. Some argue the support was too late but rejoice in its arrival and continue to in seeming unprecedented fashion. People are giving of their life's work so others may have a work to return to. And there is also complaint and disregard.

Amid the cross fire of perspectives representing the better and worse in humanity all around - individual pursuits and collective pursuits alike - there are unheard, lost voices.

Many surviving the natural disaster are lost in chaotic rhetoric.

Perhaps, that chaos results from a lack in morality, not in the generic sense but in the abstract earnest sense.

Whereby, morality correlates to character as principle and avoiding bad circumstances. And there is character when principle fails-- making the best of bad circumstances and doing what is not expected.

People make what they want of their circumstances. They either suffer it selfishly or embrace it selflessly.

Join those who give of their life's work, and be the best in humanity when you could join the mobs hoarding gas. Be earnest and selfless.

Johnny Jackson is the education reporter for the News Daily. He may be reached at (770) 478-5753 or at jjackson@news-daily.com .