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Shoulder Cosmology

Posted in Ethics & Morality, Humor, Philosophy, Religion, Society on May 7th, 2021

Shoulder Cosmology Of The Religious Sort
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Cosmology in the religious as opposed to the secular, anti-theist context, is the explanation of the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe, from a more natural, religious perspective. It is also largely irrelevant to us mortals. Our personal cosmology is what we should be concerned about, not Creation’s.

So, rather than considering Heaven’s plan for creation, consider the state of your own soul and the angel and devil on your shoulders.

Of course, if you’re at all like me, you’re more likely considering how to get either your angel or your devil on both your shoulders. 😉

Fishing Ideologies

Posted in Ethics & Morality, Politics, Society on November 28th, 2020
Fishing Ideologies

Fishing, it’s a thing – a great thing and a great thing to love. Well, to the sane people among us at least; others, not so much. Great or not though, it underscores a lot of the key differences in outlook between the two primary ideologies in the US.

Monkeys Then And Now

Posted in Ethics & Morality, Society, Technology on May 18th, 2020
Monkeys Then And Now
Monkeys Then And Now

As I’ve said before, we’ve been in a long slide into immorality and societal collapse. As I’ve also said before, this is to some extent to be expected; it’s the natural result of certain thought patterns and the normal cycle of Man.

Still, when it becomes more societally fundamental and destroying basic behavioral rules which aid in that society being civil, it’s maddening. The simple fact that Millennials have turned “speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil” on its ear speaks directly to what is wrong with today’s generation, who are horrifically the future of society.

And yeah, it’d be so easy to partially excuse them and blame it on modern technology. That, however, doesn’t make any more sense than blaming firearms for people’s violence. Sure, constant internet usage and the nature of social media make their bad behavior easier, but they’re not the cause of it. The cause of it is something that is very wrong in the hearts, minds, and souls of the Millennials.

Abortion Is Murder

Posted in Ethics & Morality, Politics, Society on May 20th, 2019

As Far As I’m Concerned Abortion Is Murder

That’s right. In my opinion the deliberate killing off of unborn-as-yet children is murder. It should, insofar as I’m concerned, be treated exactly as any other instance of such a crime – homicide, most often 1st Degree Homicide since it’s normally a premeditated act of killing on the parts of both the woman and the abortionist.

And therein is the rub as it were. Abortion is the commission of the crime of homicide and needs to be treated exactly the same in ways as any other instance of the crime.

Justifiable Homicide

If either the mother-to-be or the involved medical professional is of the strongly held and reasonable belief that bringing the child within her to term would be a clear and present threat to her life, then the abortion must be considered a case of justifiable homicide.

The Dead Can’t Be Killed

Rather obviously – but still a recurring point of contention apparently – if the unborn child is already dead, he or she can’t be killed and so, hence, he or she cannot be unlawfully killed, i.e., murdered. If any crime could be assessed in such circumstances it would rightly be assessed upon any who refused to remove the unborn child’s corpse from the woman’s body.

Reasonable Actions

Undertaking reasonable actions that in some statistically insignificant numbers of cases could lead to the death of a viable child in utero is not murder. Hence, the use of chemical contraceptives – including the correct use of Plan B – does not fall within the scope of homicide any more than anyone driving a car, which might result in an accident which might in turn result in the death of an unborn child does so.

Withdrawal of Life Support

While potentially problematical in detail and execution, it is my opinion that ending the life of an unborn child who will not survive in any real and functional manner past their birth is not murder. It is merely the withdrawal of life support, with the mother having given informed consent for such removal.

No Attainder!

And no; I make no exceptions in the cases of rape and/or incest. To kill the child of such unions is an attainder and quite specifically a particularly extreme form of “corruption of the blood,” wherein the child is punished for the crimes of the parent(s).

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And there is my opinion, in some detail, on abortion and on abortion itself only. In this post I’m not venturing my opinions on ancillary issues and laws which surround it and which are often used as arguments in favor of killing off unborn children.

Bastiat’s Conundrum

Posted in Ethics & Morality, Philosophy, Politics, Society on May 27th, 2018

Claude-Fr̩d̩ric Bastiat, a 19th Century economist and political philosopher of the French Liberal Schoolthink proto-libertarian Рwas more than a little concerned about society turning its back to what is good and embracing what it is evil.

When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.

— Frédéric Bastiat
Economic Harmonies (1850 AD)

Not, of course that this is new thought or warning. It goes back to at least Biblical times.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20, The Bible (KJV)

But, inherent to these very thoughts and proscriptions in the conundrum. Who are the misguided of the public? Who, indeed, have chosen to call evil good, and good evil? When a society – truly, at this point more of a population than a society – cannot even agree upon what words mean, much less what are examples thereof, it becomes almost moot to try to decide this. And yet, from the standpoint of both utility and primal, existential need, decide this America must do.