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  •  The difference between "being" and (1+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz

    "doing" is central to the conservative mind-set of the instinct-driven.  Instinct-driven people respond to prompts, either external ones or ones from their gut and they don't seem to be clear on which is which. Their behavior is hormone or emotion-driven and, perhaps because of the time lag and their reactions are instantaneous, their ability to connect cause and effect seems almost non-existent.
    The instinct-driven are self-centered. One can question whether they are even able to perceive the other as anything but an other.
    The "other" is everything that is not "I" and "I" am not sure what "I" even is. That is, there's a lack of self-awareness which comes across as clueless.
    If a person doesn't know himself, how's he supposed to know anyone else?

    In this context, "personal responsibility" merely means that a person is an organism that can respond or react to prompts--i.e. when you kick him/her, s/he shrieks. The shriek is not a self-directed act.  In fact, as a response, it's not categorized as an act performed by an agent at all. It's automatic--like flipping a switch to turn on the light.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage"

    by hannah on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 08:06:21 AM PDT

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