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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:49 pm 
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Tommy GS wrote:

I was under the impression that such-and-such of you don't even believe rights exist.



????????????? Are you implying that moral and ethic codes are exclusive to "believers"??

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:30 pm 
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No, haha. There was a thread some time back when we were discussing rights at some point, and there were a few comments - from whom, escapes me - about the nature of being free/unfree, rights, government, etc. If memory serves, that George Carlin bit was also mentioned and used.

Lol, sorry, gumtree - not meant religiously. Talking rights. ;)

(And, as I am typing, it occurred that part of that discussion was also brought up in a thread that I posted called "Situational Ethics", which I am very interested in. It fascinates me - the line and where it is drawn. Or if there is a line in the first place. I have been reading a dialog between Socrates and Gorgias, which Plato recorded, which discusses the nature of, among other things, the greatest good and the greatest evil, and so forth. At one point, Plato concludes that the greatest code to live by is that you should treat others as you would like to be treated. Christ said it 400 years later, if you want to talk dirty, haha. I also picked up Aristotle several months ago and gave Nicomachean Ethics a read, which discusses happiness and virtue and so forth, in such-and-such books - I don't know, I didn't read all of the books, there are 10. But, as the title may serve, Aristotle discusses ethics and the nature of evil and pleasure and such. It is easy and difficult, at the same time, to include God and religion in such matters because, I dare say, "God is ethical", or so I believe ;) but obviously others are the opposite. I am much more satisfied knowing that these matters were well-explored by the time people started believing it because Christ said it. Several parallels, indeed, in fact Thomas Aquinas was able to write Summa Theologica using Aristotelian logic, but I am rambling. Let's talk about rights, and if you'd care discuss ethics, post in another thread and I will anxiously read your thoughts and explore your questions.)

I hope you have a great day, because I did.


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