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CHAT: conculture's value systems [was Re: Sexual terminology ]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 25, 2001, 4:53
Irina Rempt scripsit:
> On Saturday 22 December 2001 12:27, Christophe wrote: > > > A conculture doesn't mandatorily reflects the views of its > > author. Think of Irina, whose conculture is anything but Orthodox > > Christian. > > It does hold comparable values of good and evil as I do myself, > however, perhaps even expressed more explicitly.
It is perhaps worth mentioning that people on Phalera do not hold particularly different values from the kinds of value systems that arise on Earth. The difference lies in the way I view mankind: I do not think that when people fail to live up to some abstract standard of good it is because those people are to that extent 'evil'. They fail because when followers of that standard (whether theistic or secular) want one set of circumstances to be the case, but those circumstances fatally violate some tenet of the standard, the tendency is for them to ignore or rewrite the countervailing tenets so they can reify those circumstances anyways. Humans are 'imperfect' then because they have conflicting interests (whether to feed the poor or to murder your political opponents) and sometimes the conflict is resolved in a way contrary to whatever has been declared 'moral' because human beings don't *want* to be 'moral', but rather want to appear moral while doing what ever it is that they want otherwise (money, power, sex, etc.). ===================================================================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> <> "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers