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  •  No, there are objective standards of behavior. (9+ / 0-)

    They are derived from our organic, and even inorganic, natures. Rocks do not fly on their own. Neither do humans. Humans have hands with which to grasp, but no claws to capture prey like raptors on the spot. For humans to behave like raptors is contrary to their nature and, ipso facto, bad.
    Some organisms change color to communicate their status -- that berries are ripe to eat and have their seeds dispersed. Most humans have the faculty of speech to communicate. When they use that speech to mis communicate or deceive as to their actual status, that is bad. On the other hand, deception is widely dispersed in nature, so it must have a useful/benign purpose. And it does. Deception in nature promotes self-preservation in the presence of enemies. So, given that, we can argue that, in the presence of enemies, it is appropriate for humans to deceive, even if only to play possum.

    What's Willard's excuse for deceiving the American people, whom he's asking to hire him? Does he see us all as enemies? If so, then the man is deranged. However, the people who are promoting him are creating a spectacle. One is reminded of the circus gorilla in a cage. It's not a nice image. But then, the political operatives who have created this spectacle are not nice. They have no respect for their own kind.

    Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" still comes to mind.

    Iago is the villain in "Othello," but Othello killed his wife. Willard wants to kill Big Bird. Since Big Bird is a figment of the imagination, it would be a vicarious murder -- not real, but still an unmittigated disaster, totally in keeping with the character of the Vicar of Wall Street.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 03:54:18 AM PDT

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