Mill's On Liberty in Four hundred and Twenty Words - 4/52017
By, Alexander M. Lech
To be human is to be responsible for the happiness of more than just yourself. Your safety is not guaranteed, your pleasure is not safe, and your liberty is in jeopardy. It is the responsibility of those who surround you to hold safe your liberty and that of yourself to hold safe the liberty of others. The collective's goal will always outweigh that of the individual. Collective pleasure is ideal. Mass pleasure both in quality and in quantity are preferable and even attainable. If they must be attained at the expense of a minority, then so be it. Liberty exists as a guideline but there are genuine philosophical properties that govern us even beyond liberty and the facade of freedom. We are nothing more than our thoughts and our feelings, surviving in tandem, to help others, to create more thought and more feeling. We are a collective and we will always be a collective in nature.
A core purpose of life: self-preservation. It is unclear if he is speaking of physical or emotional self-preservation but both are held in high respect. More so he speaks of perpetual pleasure and the desire to continually consume it. A “sole end” to all aspects of life all ties back into thinking and feeling, so as to think and feel more in the future. To help others to think and feel along with you so that generations from now, their thoughts and feelings will be that much more advantageous. Then, society can relish in the accumulation that accompanies such a self-satisfying task. The summative dopamine and serotonin running through the bodies of future, unborn men and women is worth that of my own sacrifice, he says. We can all help the collective to live-on by living-on ourselves.
No one man should viably wish the ill will of another. It is the wants and desires of the masses that punish those who impede our progress. Liberty exists in such an ideal society, to aid the people and to protect them from harm. It is not, however, an everlasting property. Liberty can be stripped from the individual if it is to prevent harm to others, as the greatest summation of pleasure outweighs that of an individual. The pursuit of happiness is recommended and often played out. Many are even genuinely at peace with the world, but ‘happiness at all costs’ is a much darker idea. One the world holds over us nonetheless. Happiness is inherent and we cannot escape it nor the judgment which accompanies it.