In my previous article, Happiness is Overrated, I argued the mark of being alive was misery and not happiness and finding the light in darkness is our greatest task of living. Today, I expand that argument to foment the idea that Love, as well as Happiness, is equally unimportant and overrated in our lives and that we must return Duty as our moral imperative.
Duty binds us together in a shared, communal, response against the argument for a selfish evolution that benefits the whole as a movement of joining without prosecuting the less fortunate.
When we demand Duty as the imperative force in our relationships — instead of Love and Happiness — we begin to form the everlasting core of a moral kinship that can survive the necessary betrayal of fluctuations in the hate and anger dyad.
Love and Happiness are fleeting emotions requiring the cooperation of others to find purchase. Duty is a private, neutral, state-of-mind. Duty is doing the right thing at all times; Duty never needs the cooperation of others because when you are Dutiful, you are already serving those beyond the public self.
When we contemplate divorce against marriage, fighting instead of living in peace, and killing over life, it is Duty that pulls us back from destruction. It is Duty that proves conscience. It is Duty that pauses our mistakes and paves the path to correction.
To give oneself over to the fickle moods of emotional states, and not to the grand moral imperative of Duty, is precisely how we fail into despair from which we cannot escape alone.