"Rationality as Moralism"
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Keyes vs Dershowitz From: David McDivitt
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2000 19:23:48 -0800
You may have a point. If not for the intransigence of fundamental religionists, the ones here and Moslems, we might already have a one world government. They fight to retain a particular identity which is in contrast to the one globalists seek to impose. Though not religious myself, and though I do not seek to share in their sense of identity, I support this diversity. A down side of course is the potential violence of religion, and the manner in which reasoning becomes so narrow any form of extremism is justified. I do not see how a meta level can be realized which would reduce this. On the one hand diversity is good. It is good intellectually as well as biologically. When diversity leads to violence however, it can only be seen as a natural byproduct of that diversity. Supporting diversity which leads to immanent bloody conflict is an ethical paradox which cannot be resolved, if statements of peace alone disarm people against tyranny and domination.
Evolution seems the answer, as people become rational enough to resolve conflict through intellectual discourse. The only way ethics can be applied therefore, is to do those things which increase rationalism among men. Any ethical statement other than this can only serve to support one identity over another, and actions to further such identities, leading to imposition and violence.
Rationalism is the only true morality.>From: Kenneth Allen Hopf
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