Re: Democracy held hostage

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue Oct 02 2001 - 03:12:13 MDT

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> Spike Jones wrote:
> >
> > > On Mon, 1 Oct 2001 wrote:
> > >
> > > > It would if they had actually been cowardly. But they obviously weren't,
> > > > and saying they were just makes us look like kooks...
> >
> > While arguing over whether terrorists are cowardly, we must
> > keep in mind that the "coward" meme is one that evolved in order
> > to encourage people to behave in a certain way. {Look at the
> > word I just used, "encourage" meaning exhort or motivate.}
> So what are we supposed to do? Engage in blatant defiance of reality for
> propaganda purposes? Try that often enough and people just stop paying
> attention to you. Even failing to acknowledge that, yes, it takes courage
> ("suicidal courage") to kamikaze a plane seems to me too much like
> distorting reality. We've heard enough about the attacks not destroying
> America's liberties. Should we let it destroy our rationality and
> intellectual honesty as well?

Well, at least our judgementalness is intact. :-)

Seriously, we our freedom, wealth, time and even lives on the
line does it really matter all that much whether we consider a
kamikaze terrorist to be cowardly or not? I certainly don't see
any point
in wasting one more line of text on the subject. As alwasy, my
humble opinion.

- samantha

- samantha

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