Friday, March 16, 2018

Limit our Exposure

It is practical and necessary for each of us to limit our involvement in life to those things that we value and consider important. Each of us do these things, but some people do not seem to be able to mind only there own affairs. Those who keep sticking there nose in where it does not belong can find that there time goes, and they miss out on other things because they were minding others affairs, not there own. It is a bad habit of some people, and a bad ethical concept for others. They seem to think it is a virtue to be concerned with others, and what is going on in the lives of others, all while ignoring there own life. Oh well, in the end we all just die anyway.

[Aside.  "Sticking your nose in where it does not belong" was/is a archery fault, a bit of bad form, of struggling to aim, where one is using arrow aiming methods. The archers head is turned into the string, and the result is a the string brushes the nose. The expression has found other uses elsewhere in the modern lexicon.] 

In the Christian Mythology there is a "ethical principal" that says something like "Do not judge lest you be judged." That is likely bullshit or out of context, for judging is an essential of rational thinking and or rational living. Every action, though, contemplated action, and concept need to be evaluated and judged. Some thing are wrong but necessary to do, as defense of our country, jailing people for bad or unsocial behavior, but there is little choice. The world is overpopulated when we look at the Co2 curve as a measurement of the earth's carrying capacity, but such judgement are necessary in a rational life. If you wish to live and die "as the lilies of field", that is another matter. Judging is one of the cardinal virtues, and deserves much more attention as a skill than it typically gets.

[ Aside: I use the term bullshit in its formal definition here, the author does not know or even care it the fact expressed is true of false, fact or fiction.]

Altruism is another bullshit christian principal. We have no duty or obligation toward support of others in this mixed society. We have a duty to allow others to work and do legal things to support themselves within our planned society, and not harm or abuse them, but if they choose to not work, they have the right to starve or to be shot, if they choose to rob. We have a duty to help support our family, and to help them along, provided they are trying. We have no duty to help along an alcoholic, drug addict, gambler, the abusive or those of other deviant or foolish behaviors. They are on there own, but we may have a duty to provide guidance, if they wish to change.

[ Aside: without the right to protect the property that we have obtained by our efforts, our human rights, our individual right to our property is undermined. Without identity, we have no human rights. I think the Canadian government is not correct in this matter. ]

Growing up in a christian community is not a good thing, if you wish to live in a ethical atheist community as an adult. Sound atheist ethics requires a lot of study to develop, much more that the sloppy christian concepts that one is to "just take on faith". Christians are not much for explaining, likely because there is not logic to support many of there claims. Atheist ethics requires that we understand that "truth must have evidence, logic and reason", not just be written in some old book. Knowledge and truth requires evidence, and religions are judged to be short on evidence and truth. Oh well, in the end we all just die anyway.  

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