Re: Property and life
Thu, 14 Jan 1999 12:35:31 -0700

To my agreement that everything is natural, Samael quips:
>Right. So any action I perform is evolutionary. Taking your money is an
>natural act and therefore right. Programming a computer is a natural act.
>All acts are natural, all are part of evolution, all is allowed by your
>ethics system.

Wrongo. I never stated that any act is allowed, just because it's natural. Only rational action is enjoined by my ethics, i.e. what is objectively conducive to my purposes. The purposes, and incidently reason itself, are basically a result of my evolutionary (both biological and cultural) heritage.

The question is not "what is natural?" but "what is reasonable?" (and I don't just mean "polite").