It’s a hard world we are living in. I look around and I don’t see any good coming out of anything that is happening. I do not see humans on the road to improvement nor any sign of taking better — minimally better — care of our world.
I’m not optimistic about the human race or our future as a species. It’s one of the reasons I’m not doing a lot of writing right now. Sometimes, when you have nothing positive to say, not saying anything is a better choice. I think I’m making the better choice.
Is any one person’s life worth more than another’s? Why or why not?
Maybe but I would need to hear a lot of explanation as to why. I can think of reasons why that might be true, assuming one person has genuine value and another does not. But I suppose the real question is who are we talking about? When are we talking about? What is going on in the world? Why are we talking about this? Is there a special reason why we are weighing human value?
Can a good person do evil things and remain a good person? Under what circumstances?
No. You can rationalize the evil you do, but evil IS and there’s no getting around it. Over the course of history when I see evil accepted because it is “the greater good” of two evils, you know it will end badly. It always ends badly. You cannot avoid a greater evil by embracing a lesser one. It may appeal to your logic, but it does not work. Ever.
Is somebody morally culpable if they take a morally wrong action at the orders of a superior? What if their life is at stake?
Yes and yes, but maybe they can be forgiven because it is an impossible choice that no one should be forced to make. If you are in the military, you have (in theory) a choice between disobeying orders to do the right thing — for which you will be court martialed and almost guaranteed of conviction (no matter what you see in the movies). Or, you can follow orders, do the wrong thing and spend the rest of your live facing your conscience and maybe, if you so believe, God almighty.
It really IS an impossible choice and I’m glad I’ve never had to make it.
People had widely mixed opinions about illegal bananas, so let’s take that a step further this week: What would be the worst thing for a government to make illegal?
I really don’t know anymore. A lot of things are becoming illegal after being legal. Nothing is simple anymore. Since Vanda already beat me to chocolate, I’ll have to go with ice cream and all that comes with it — like malteds and ice-cream sodas.
If you can be serious, you might as well enjoy frivolity.
We got our taxes done. Not enough to get a new refrigerator, but maybe enough to get a used one. Also, you never know. I might yet find a way to secure a driver’s license and the right to vote. We all live in hope.
Meanwhile, I’ll just keep drawing pretty pictures and hoping that somehow, we will find a way to pull ourselves our of our own muck.