John Marlow wrote:
> Morality seems to be a human construct; certainly not
> inherent in the universe, which clearly couldn't care less.
I think morality is (kind of) inherent in the Universe. If
you expand the Universe to encompass logic (perhaps thinking
of the physical universe as a subset of this) and consider the
difficultly of rationalising irrationalism, you'd probably
find yourself at least entertaining the notion that
rationalism is (axiomatically) Good and therefore Thinking
Machinery, such as ourselves, is also Good and destroying
Thinking Machinery is generally Bad.
> ... I'd argue that it is perfectly rational to conclude that
> such behavior is unacceptable, dangerous to society, and not
> to be tolerated. ...
Of course, the simple explanation is that morality has been
selected for, but that's not much of a justification.
> ... There is also some indication that those who feel no
> compassion toward animals feel none toward people, and are
> likely to treat both the same. ...
Alternatively, consider that some animal rights activists may
be suffering from social dysfunctions that result in them not
seeing the differences between animal and human societies that
are obvious to the majority of people.
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