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FarmerBob

Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 10:02 pm Click here to edit this post
Excellent response, Zet. Yes. The difficulty with moral discussions is that they inevitably descend into religious debate.

"Thou Shalt Not Kill." is more accurately translated as "Thou Shalt Not Do Murder.", which merely opens up yet ANOTHER debate neither of us desires.

My central point regarding "rights" of any nature is that they are artificial constructs of our societies and as such, are no more valid or endurable as society's collective will.

Neither Nature nor the law's of Physics acknowledge these rights and mankind has proven to be rather erratic on the subject as well. My intent is not to devalue the intent of such sentiments; but, rather to point out that all our freedoms and attendant benefits thereof are the product of strong, coherent communities dedicated to those common values. The masses chanting "We have rights!" are woefully inadequate to the task of their maintenance. A symptom of our Western culture's increasing decadence in the submersion of responsibilty and public virtue into the morass of self interest. Narcissism has become a lifestyle and political force.

"Remember how often you have postponed minding your interest, and let slip those opportunities the gods have given you. It is now high time to consider what sort of world you are part of, and from what kind of governor of it you are descended; that you have a set period assigned you to act in, and unless you improve it to brighten and compose your thoughts, it will quickly run off with you, and be lost beyond recovery." - Marcus Aurelius

"Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender." - Henri Frederic Amiel

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