The General Good and Common Welfare

The general good and the common welfare is as natural for any collective group as is the pursuit of our own happiness is for each and every individual.

As individuals, our natural inclinations are to avoid discomfort by seeking pleasure as our desired state.  Frankly,  all of us have a natural aversion to to our own discomfort.  We are born crying due to a discomfort which is only resolved once we are fed and covered.  We wake every morning and adjust the thermostat or dress according to our level of desire comfort.  We eat when hungry, we drink when thirsty.  Indeed, our every thought and action is motivated by a seemingly natural preoccupation with our own comfort.

Inasmuch as we are naturally preoccupied with our own comfort, nonetheless we of humanity likewise seem to have a natural  aversion to  the discomfort of other sentient beings as well.  In fact, the discomfort of others seems to be yet another source of our own discomfort.  The distress we feel when hearing the sounds of another sentient being in pain are such that we have no peace of mind until the circumstances are resolved.

And so it is that we of humanity:

1.  Have a natural aversion to our own discomfort.  Therefore, we have no peace of mind until our own discomforts are resolved.  Thus, we are naturally inclined to avoid discomfort by seeking comfort.

2.  Have a natural aversion to the discomfort of others. Therefore,  we have no peace of mind until the suffering of others is resolved.  Thus, we are naturally inclined to assist anyone else who is in any sort of pain, to the end that they might be comfortable.

The fact that our natural inclinations are to seek comfort for ourselves AND for others leads me to conclude that the general happiness of any group would only be natural.  Since it is the case that we hold a natural aversion to the discomfort of other individuals, then it follows that we hold a natural aversion regarding the discomfort of all people.  Hence, the general happiness of any group of people is as natural as is the general happiness of any one individual.

Conclusion:

Our natural aversion to discomfort is that which moves us as individuals to care for our own physical health and to provide for our own general happiness.

Thus, our natural aversion to the discomfort of others should likewise motivate any collective group to  maximize benefits for everyone, in order to minimize the suffering for any individual whatsoever.

The general good and the common welfare is as natural for any collective group as is the pursuit of our own happiness is for each and every individual.

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About daveylee40

I believe in following the course of Nature insofar as is possible. My studies have lead me to highly regard the teachings of the Ancient Greek Philosopher Epicurus as one who very well understood and taught that very concept. In particularly, I concur with his general ideology that the natural end of all living beings is the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain. It is from this perspective that I attempt to function in this human existence.
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