When are you going to realise that people don’t actually care about each other, its a façade to allow the to extract benefits from each other.
Look closely at any time it appears someone is caring for someone else and cut it up into the basic motivations and reasons, look closer, do they do it because they choose to do it, or were trained to do it out of politeness as a child?
Question every small action… Teachings from parents, brainwashing from school, expectations and falsehoods creating the shell around the ghost, a totally perfect shell protecting a fearful ghost inside.
After some initial questioning, I think I disagree.
If you’re talking about a pet, then this might be the case: you train them, give them rewards and punishments, and they seem to be keen to see you, but in reality, perhaps they’re only looking for another treat.
To look at people in this way is to sell them short, I think.
From a Christian point of view, you would play the “made in God’s image” card from Genesis 1:26, and arguing that people are capable of relationship in a way that animals are not.
But even at a gut-feel level, this feels wrong. Even people who have been deeply wounded, and lack trust will still occasionally take a risk in a relationship, and dare to be worried enough about someone to do something without expecting benefit for themselves.
What do you think – agree or disagree?