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To: taxesareforever
Read Post# 761.

Read post 760: All humans have such rights, because if you apply rights to only some people and not others, then it's no longer a principle but instead just an ad-hoc, self-serving rationalization.

It's true in one sense that my basis for morals is myself. But as I said, morality is a principle - a system or framework of judging behavior. You can't have a principle without applying it consistently in all similar contexts. This means that it must apply to everyone in a similar situation.

Is it moral to kidnap someone? Well, it's clearly wrong to kidnap me, except if I was judged guilty of a crime by a legitimate court. In that case they'd have the right to put me in jail. But to kidnap me "just because", or because I owe somebody some money, would be wrong.

You see? Your problem isn't really against a self-interested basis for morality. It's against self-serving morality. But a self-serving morality (where you don't apply the moral principles consistently) is a contradiction in terms. You're really arguing against "rationalization".

765 posted on 10/13/2005 12:45:43 PM PDT by jennyp (WHAT I'M READING NOW: Art of Unix Programming by Raymond)
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To: jennyp
You're really arguing against "rationalization".

Exactly. I do not think that I am capable of making rational decisions on my own. I need a basis for making them and that basis is the Bible.

768 posted on 10/13/2005 12:56:06 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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