Re: What if Solipsistic Morality was Normal?

Robert Owen (
Mon, 11 Oct 1999 15:56:32 -0400

Clint O'Dell wrote:

> I make my decisions on a completely selfish bases but that does not mean
> that I'm going to take the cocunut and throw the other guy over board. If
> there is a chance the other guy will help in my survival then I will share
> so that he will be alive to help me. Also since I understand the law of
> retaliation (I mentioned earlier) I know that I could be or have been that
> other guy and wouldn't want to face a life or death battle myself. Both
> senarios are extremely selfish. And to be selfish doesn't classify a person
> as a sociopath.


At work, Monday, meetings....but I want to make a pre-reply to tell you that your remarks here have evoked, to my delight, an hypothesis that is based on an old idea but might have a new application. I'm calling it the "If You Take Time to Think Theory" or "The Hypertrophied Reason Hypothesis" to account for the type of ENLIGHTENED SELF-INTEREST axiom in the "Free Enterprise" Doctrine of laissez faire Capitalism that you suggest. The kind of thing discussed by Adam Smith. More later.


Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA