DKB is one person who keeps pushing the view that we should support our own. He has been a strong proponent of this view, which is now termed “Support Your Own.” In this article, I take a critical look at the view.
1. The very thing
One of the things, I’m certain, that the proponents of this view do not know is the effect it would have on the will. In this view, the freedom to choose is suppressed by what the other, the proponent of the view, wants. This should not be the case since we possess the ability to choose. The same way the proponent(s) of this view freely chose what to propose, the same way we can freely choose who or what we want to support; there’s no reason to limit us to something when you haven’t been limited by it yourself. The very thing, that is, the will, which brought about this view defeats it!
2. That bad!
Another thing I’ve noticed about this view is that it is vague; it does not clearly state what we should support. Whatever they tagged “Your Own,” may as well have two sides to it, which could be, for instance, good or bad. But if that happens, again, the view breaks down. The reason being that, it does not clearly state which side we should consider when these two instances become real. Here, the view would become pointless, thus, breaking it down. Meanwhile, it is this same view which points us to something, “Your Own.” The very thing which seem to point us to what we should support is pointless in itself! That is, if these instances apply. It would even be hard to deny these instances, just by looking at the state of affairs of this country. Some things are really that bad!
3. Think of something!
When the proponents of this view say, Support Your Own, they’re also saying that their view is actually good, irrespective of what we feel or think. (I’ll call this phenomenon objective good). If that’s true of this view, then we should be able to freely choose it, with the reason that it breaks down every subjective view we may have. However, I still find subjective views reasonably working against this view. Perhaps, that’s why it isn’t enjoying the objectivity its proponents, like, DKB, intended it to. If it were truly an objective view, it should be able to reasonably defeat the subjective view anyone would have about it.