"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." Friedrich Nietzche

"Any and all non-violent, non-coercive, non-larcenous, consensual adult behavior that does not physically harm other people or their property or directly and immediately endangers same, that does not disturb the peace or create a public nuisance, and that is done in private, especially on private property, is the inalienable right of all adults. In a truly free and liberty-loving society, ruled by a secular government, no laws should be passed to prohibit such behavior. Any laws now existing that are contrary to the above definition of inalienable rights are violations of the rights of adults and should be made null and void." D. M. Mitchell (from The Myth of Inalienable Rights, at: http://dowehaverights.blogspot.com/)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Question 10 from my 52 Perverse Questions

10. Assume you are an extremely bigoted, anti-gay heterosexual. You must choose between (A) having your infant son grow up to be an out-of-the-closet, openly gay man, but one who will be able to avoid any serious diseases and who will live a long and happy life, dying peacefully at the age of 90, or (B) he will grow up to be a strong heterosexual, but at age 25 he will go to prison for 25 years, after which he will go on to live another 25 years with less than average happiness and health.

My 52 PQ's are more than just perverse* questions. They are a call to question authority for the sake of authority, and to use logic versus emotion to guide one through the greater part of life. What is right and wrong behavior? How do we decide? Do we just accept what we have been told without thinking about it or do we think for ourselves, using logic, then decide? The questions, many of them sexual and controversial in nature, are designed to allow one to act (the use of logic) rather than to react (the use of emotion); to actually stop and think about what constitutes right and wrong behavior and why is it right or wrong.

* Perverse: obstinately or unreasonably wrong; refusing to do the right, or to admit error, self-willed (Webster’s New Standard Dictionary)

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