The following is an abridged version of a much longer (15,000 words and counting as of today) essay I am writing which details my theory of National Bestness. I believe this could be the start of an important new philosophical movement in this day when citizens are, in most cases, just seated, waiting for movement:
As represented by the ascendance of any and all political philosophies I disagree with, there is a troubling trend in our great American discourse. Quite simply, as a society, there is a great temptation to glorify that which I feel is wrong, or worse, negative or deletorious. The most difficult aspect of this is that our very appendages are at risk.
We need a new calling. We need a new heeding to what I am christening a Call to National Bestness.
Our nation can be the best. It can be the best again. Now, we are in crisis; as a people, and as a nation. All we have to do is use our appendages to embrace those things that I find most ennobling, and discard those things that, to my mind, serve only to cheapen and degrade our national experience as citizens of this great country, and our appendages.
Everyone has an obligation, some might even say a duty, to serve this Call to National Bestness. The way to do this is to subsume your own selfish disinterest in National Bestness, and submit yourself fully to it. The temptation to do with your appendages whatever you want is a great one, but failure to follow the Call to National Bestness is a failure of your obligations to our society and culture, and a way of striking a blow against the very society and culture whose benefits you claim to enjoy. It is a guarantee of failure of everything, from the individual, to the collective of society. And when our society and cultures fail, our citizens cannot be far behind. And from there, we lose our appendages. As Alexander Hamilton, one of our most famous Founding Fathers, once wrote, "only a graceful appendage of wealth . . . the tendency of things will be to depart from the [Bestness] standard."
The reasons for following the Call to National Bestness are as follows:
1) Each person, regardless of his or her status within a society, has an obligation to see that the society of which they are a part improves more than if it had not improved, based on the use of your appendages.
2) Not serving the Call to National Bestness is the same as living your life only halfway, or perhaps two-thirds of the way, but certainly under no circumstances by much more than that. This is the selfish self-interest in the use of "your" appendages.
3) There is no greater feeling for the citizen than to know that he or she has given his or her best to the Call of National Bestness, regardless of the intentions of that person, or his or her desire to actually heed the Call of National Bestness. In other words, to think of "your" appendages as "our" appendages.
4) When people become corrupt, they lose the appendages that provide connection to the Call of National Bestness. Corruption of the appendages is the symptom of not heeding the Call of National Bestness.
5) Do not be cynical about things that are important to me; they should be important to you, as well, and you should be willing to sacrifice appendages. That is what National Bestness is all about.
The national landscape is changing in harrowing ways. People do not, any longer, believe in the institutions that I believe has made us a strong society, a beacon to others seeking National Bestness. This is the lowest form of unassertiveness, and it is vital that we achieve assertiveness, especially in a way that is moral, and therefore best. The best of the Bestness is sure to follow, as will our appendages.
Tell me, then: Who will bring his appendages to heed the all-important call of National Bestness?