When a child is born(perhaps even before), so is a small society called a family. When you separate the baby from the family, the baby dies. I find it impossible to see how you believe that human sociability is optional. It seems to be a sine qua non of human existence. Likewise, rationality. Even the baby nursing at his mother's breast has his reasons for doing so, albeit rather primitive ones.
Not everyone is. Are non-rational, non-social people therefore lesser beings than you?
Yes, insofar as they do not fulfill their capacity for human excellence. Likewise, those more rational and social(I prefer the word political) than I am are my betters.
I'm still curious to see if you have an ethical system. You've been in attack-dog mode for a while, yet all you produce are unassociated thoughts instead of any sort of rational ethics.
Babies have instincts, not rational thoughts. >(me) Not everyone is. Are non-rational, non-social people therefore lesser beings than you? >(you) Yes, insofar as they do not fulfill their capacity for human excellence. Likewise, those more rational and social(I prefer the word political) than I am are my betters.
So, all men are NOT created equal then?
I'm still curious to see if you have an ethical system.
Do I have an ethical system? Yep. It's pretty much in tune with that of most of America. I agree with most of the laws we have, and agree in general with the same things you do.
The key difference is that it is MY ethical code that drives my actions, not some "Natural law" postulated by a handful of long-dead windbags, nor some "divine law" set down by an even longer-dead windbag.
I don't think that any Supreme Being defends our "rights". I believe we humans do, with sweat, and arguments, and bloodshed, if necessary. No mythic being from beyond the pale is going to step onto planet Earth tomorrow and tell us we've all been bad children. We have to form our own morals, our own ethics, and then we have to support them, defend them, and enforce them. They are OUR laws, not somebody else's laws. They are OUR principles, and philisophically, they ARE larger than we are as individuals. But they don't come from without society.