Then would it not be correct to say that you enjoy the ability to think, feel and know - to understand the moral difference between a responsible and selfish course, because tens of thousands of generations didn't think like you?
It would be correct to say that I enjoy thinking, feeling, etc. It would be most incorrect to say that I enjoy the ability to make ethical judgements; i make none and have no desire to. I make judgements and am considered a pretty nice guy, but I never claim that said judgements are true or right.
Would it be correct to say that the language you speak was not invented by you?
That your knowledge is developmental and largely derived from society?
The house you live in the clothes you wear?
Is anything about you, you - or even uniquely of your generation?
Yes, the majority; interests, tastes, history, deeds, etc. For someone of the eastern school, it suprises me that you would attempt to define people soley by their superficial and/or material attributes. doesn't that sound more like an evil money-grubbing western way of thinking?
Then how can you say you have no obligations beyond your own self satisfcation?
Like this; I have no obligations beyond my own satisfaction. In fact, I haven't even got the obligation to satisfy myself. I may or I may not. There are not really any oughts in life. There is what happens, and what does not happen.
Isn't it a fact that in oder to uphold such self interest you have to deny everything that is true about you?
No, not in any way at all. I see no contradiction whatsoever. You will have to provide some eastern wisdom to educate my brutish self.
P.S., for someone named iconoclast, you really carry around a great many icons with you.
who said anything about being nice? - does that have anything to do with simply giving a sh*t
By giving a sh*t, I assume you mean about the values, ethics, etc., that you find to be important, such as cooperation, peacefulness, mutual respect: i.e., being nice. I am not indifferent to everything in the world, I don't sit around in the dark waiting to die. I merely don't care for or give a sh*t about those particlular values, as such. This is not to say that I walk around pushing people and smacking babies. I simply do not feel the need to codify my personal inclinations as sacred or universal law, nor do I wish to preach such laws to others. Morality infringes on freedom, besides being completely arbitrary and invented more often than not for strcitly pragmatic reasons; a wise man once said "all those who lack character devise a method."
that's precisely the problem with Western culture that I'm trying to point out! - Western culture wires our brains to think that the only way to live in this world is to be self-centered bastards striving to "get ahead" at all costs
I'm not sure what you mean by get ahead; if you mean success in the contemprary sense of the word, I happen to agree. The American Dream of finanicial success, a house, a wife and an easy retirement sound a little dull to me; but thats an aesthetic, not a moral judgement and one that I don't intend to impose on anyone else, though I might persuade.
again, sounds like typical Western thinking ... if you were instead brought up within a culture that reveres something other than the individual, would your attitude toward others and the future be the same? ... take for example the cultural microcosm of (contemporary) archaeology that abides by the rule "Take nothing; leave only footprints." - it is at once both other-looking and future-looking without any hint of "Gee! This would look great on my mantle!"
It is a dead, spectral philosophy that would turn to archaeology for maxims by which to live! More seriously, here are my questions; what is there in life beside life; do you live or does someone or something else live for you? Unless your answers are "nothing" and "I do", respectively, I won't waste time continuing to speak to a corpse. Let's say that those were your answers; what are you saving the world for; you will only have so much time to use it; the only reason I could imagine would be to calm your fear that you are harming something, someone, which exists only in your mind in any case. And so we come to the origin of all this pessimism and will to death: cowardice (metaphyscially speaking, don't take this personally), you do not use the world as you might like because you fear, or because you wish to humble yourself before some entity that you imagine; you wish to be respectful; to what I ask?
Of course neither of us are correct, or incorrect. I just thought I'd see what kind of person you are.
By the way, I am curious, are you actually from asia or are you a western admirer of some branch of asian philosophy? I would guess the latter, one who had become disenchanted with the inequalities he perceives around him, etc.