The Imaginary Integer

One vote. One nation. One dream. One spirit. One soul. Except — when, as a person, you’re only worth three-fifths. Who chooses the fraction? Who creates the integral definition of one human life over another based on decimals, point schemes, and not on whole numbers? We like to believe the world is as fair, and as ordered, as our parents promised us it would be. Two arrives after one. The opposite of amber is divinity. The soul of humankind is undisturbed, except by the precepts of intentional evil clinging to the moon to cleave the star. We live in a numeric world, where measurements are predictable, dreams are quantified, and dissolved in commandments, and end games are more than simple crucifixions.

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Robert Louis Stevenson on the Moral Bargain

In my recent article on William James, he taught us How to Know a Good Man, and part of his argument referenced a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson:

Stevenson says somewhere to his reader: “You think you are just making this bargain, but you are really laying down a link in the policy of mankind.”

I was intrigued by that quotation, and I decided to return to the source material to read the entire quotation in context.  Here’s what I found on page 20 of Stevenson’s fine book, Lay Morals:

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The Moral Code of Babies: Hardwiring Good and Evil

We know babies are born selfish and power-seeking — and we’ve met the Kindergarten Contract Killers.  Now we turn our frightened, Panopticonic, eye to the scientific notion that babies are embedded with a moral code:  They are born knowing the difference between good and evil.

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Excelling in Hate: Rush Limbaugh Does Not Want You to Help Haiti

In the days since Haiti was rocked with terrifying earthquakes that may have killed more than 100,000 people and destroyed buildings and infrastructure, support has been pouring in from all over the world.

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Protecting Children and Fighting Evil

In a recent article — Rise of Radical Religiosity in Representative Democracies — I argued that the purpose of the religious right and conservative politicians is to punish the humble majority by provocatively creating false fears:

Protecting Children and Fighting Evil — those are two topics where we are forced to surrender our civil liberties in the grand stretch of being good citizens — and governmental powers know this and exploit those two ideals for their own darker demands.  If you stand up and say, “Waitaminute!” you are branded a pornographer and an infidel. 

Children should not be imaged on the internet or allowed to surf without direct parental control until the age of majority.  What’s the rush?  Make friends in person first.  Practice your social skills with your family.  Create a place in reality for yourself first before going virtual.  Then, once you’ve learned to read people in person you can work on the harder task of “reading” them on the web. 

The web has become a series of insane cul-de-sacs where those with vested interests create their own truths outside of an unbended reality and they claw and scratch each other trying to prove they are right and the rest of the world is mad.  This is the path of the familiar the hate mongers with political ties.

Kids are too set on growing up too fast and the parents let them grow up and shoot away because it is the easier, selfish, path where they no longer wish to be bothered with a life that is not their own even though they, The Parents — in one of the original and native acts of “power labeling” — named their kids but failed to provide expectation.

Good people need to stand up against bad intentions and truly evil ideas that are conceived and bred in the fallow minority.

If we fail to fight unfair persecution in every instance, our morality is made shallow and our meekness in the face of The Wrong Thing begins to tragically define us, our neighbors, and our nation.