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Monday, May 08, 2006 

The Flying Elbow of Morality

Argh! I'm fed up with trying to show people that their definitions and general understanding of concepts like God and government are dead wrong. Pointing out that the evidence for Jesus' existence is so flimsy that there is no good reason to think such a person ever lived is getting me no where. The contradictions in the gospels don't seem to even put a hitch in people's undying faith. Democracy is still regarded as the best way for a society to function, no matter what contrary facts I offer. And don't even get me started on what happens when you tell someone why it's immoral to support the troops.

So, what am I to do? Since all of these other tactics are having little-to-no affect, I think it's wise to just completely change the plan of attack. I've been slowly moving towards using the argument from morality in more and more of the discussions I have with people. Perhaps it's time for The Flying Elbow of Morality to be deployed full time! Uhh. . . Well, most of the time, anyway.

Think about it for a second - religionists and statists thrive off of the argument from morality. These two groups twist, distort and fabricate facts of the natural world in order to dictate what is moral. Theists have you in fear of burning in fiery cauldron of orca fat for eternity. Meanwhile, statists have you convinced that if there were no government you'd grind up eldery people for food (SOYLENT GREEN!), marry farm animals and watch corpses pile up on every street corner. It really makes my skin crawl to think what will happen when the government here turns into a full blown theocracy.

Regardless, violence and fear mongering not are acceptable moral standards, but what kills me inside is that no one seems to realize that that is exactly what they've become. So, from now on, it's morality or bust for me. Stefan Molyneux was right about it being the most powerful argument. The rest is becoming mere filler while the AFM proves to be the thriller.

It's funny how every single statist believes that he's the only moral person on Earth, and that if we became an anarchy no one would care for anyone else. It's just like religion.

Yeah, that really is the worst common symptom that the two diseases share.

I've been tossing this around in my head today, trying to see if it is accurate - Morality is something that we all have a direct path towards (obviously). So, any societal structure, or belief system, which acts as a self-described necessary intermediate between a human being and morality is inherently false.

Is that a sound way to analyze this issue or am I missing something, Franc?

"I've been tossing this around in my head today, trying to see if it is accurate - Morality is something that we all have a direct path towards (obviously)."

More or less. The point is that morality is inherently individual.


"So, any societal structure, or belief system, which acts as a self-described necessary intermediate between a human being and morality is inherently false."

Correct. And that is why actual moral thinking is universally rejected.

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