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Perusing this thread reminded me of an anecdote from a Bertrand Russell essay in Why I Am Not a Christian that, alas, I couldn't find.
Jist of it was: there was a debate in South Africa between the Flat Earth Society and a ship's capitain whose only argument about the shape of the earth was that he had sailed around it.
The Flat Earth Society speaker kicked his ass.
Yeah, I agree, that's pretty silly.
Well, moral philosophy means about as much to me as Andre Malraux's nail-clippings, but here's what I got:
There is no intrinsic value on human life. Oh, we like to pretend that there is, but then we place embargos on Iraq that result in the death of, oh, let's say a hundred thousand children. Or Obama goes on the teevee and cries about two dozen dead American children in Connecticut and then carries out the killings of hundreds of children in Somalia, Yemen, etc., ad nauseam.
To borrow a concept from my friend/nemesis, Al, the only value there is to human life is that which we put on it. So, yes, drawing the line between "inside the mother"/"outside the mother" is scientifically and "morally" arbitrary.
It seems to me if we have to draw the line arbitrarily, than we should draw it where it does the least harm. Forcing women to bear children that they don't want and all of the ramifications that that entails both for the life of the mother, the unwanted child, society, etc., seems to be a much greater "evil" than the, admitted, violence done to the fetus which, indeed, is human life.
But, as I've said before, I stopped reading philosophy when I was a teenager. Hell is--other posters!
Given the number of people named Christian out there, I always thought I'd like to name my (hypothetical) daughter Pagan. "Pagan Atheista Dice." It just rolls of the tongue, doesn't it?
May I suggest "Pagana?"
Btw, my hetero life partner wants to name his hypothetical daughter "Jezebel." I told him that was a very bad idea, but he said "It sounds pretty."
Also, Walk in Jerusalem
Lord Snow wrote:
If this one amused you, you might really, really want to check out Tim Minchin. Let me give you a good place to start
Hmm. Thank you for the links, but, for the sake of clarity, Hank's masterpiece doesn't amuse me, it moves me to my core. Despite never having seen the light. Well, not that particular light, anyway.
Country Music Three-Fer; I'll Get to Gospel Later
(If, in fact, this is going to be a CRD II, I shall change my hat)
As an irreconcilable atheist, this song makes me bawl my eyes out.
Saw Willie Nelson do in Boston about a decade ago, went home and blew some rails with my nihilist friend. Talk about seeing the light!
On the 13th of January, 1898, Émile Zola published his open letter to Félix Faure, President of the French Republic, in the newspaper L'Aurore - accusing the French government of anti-semitism and the wrongful incarceration of Alfred Dreyfus.
I'm not really sure what Wing Chun or MMA are, but I suspect that they are bloodsports.
If so, I'd like to point out that when I came under fire after WWII for not having written more against the Nazis, dear Al (this, of course, was before our split over Communism) defended me, saying that I was a "resister who resisted, not a resister who wrote."
Hell is--other posters!
Vive le Galt!
Btw, and for the record:
Although Citizen Quest has called my bluff on the Latin, and a lot of these posts are flying over my head, I did pick up on what Citizens Guest and K(e)rensky said about some of the, um, epistemological?, cisstructuralist?, flaws in Critical Race theory and in the future will attempt to assess their arguments on their own merits.
I, of course, am critical of postmodernism because it is anti-Marxist.
Vive le Galt!