On delegitimization of duty

Mark Lilla said something interesting on the Waking up with Sam Harris podcast that struck a nerve for me. He said...

We have delegitimized the notion of duty in every part of our society....

I so connect with this sentiment and this so aligns with what we see in our political, social, professional and personal lives. 

But then I also think... was "duty" ever really a part of any society? Was it ever really anything more than, for the lack of a better expression, the so-called, middle-class obsession with an artificial notion pushed down the throat of people by their choice of moral arbiter (religion, justice or natural law) to make their Sisyphean rock their "thing" to make their lives seem to have more purpose than would otherwise be observable?

 

Tom Petty, RIP

Thank you, Tom Petty, for giving us the undying gift of great music that will live on forever. 

And some of the most unforgettable lyrics in rock music...

She's a good girl, loves her mama
Loves Jesus and America too
She's a good girl, crazy 'bout Elvis
Loves horses and her boyfriend too

It's a long day livin' in Reseda
There's a freeway runnin' through the yard
And I'm a bad boy, 'cause I don't even miss her
I'm a bad boy for breakin' her heart

And I'm free, free fallin'
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'

- Free Fallin' - by Tom Petty