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Old 07-03-2013, 10:36   #45
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Originally Posted by DanaT View Post
What I find interesting, maybe not directly from you Sam, is that people who claim law and order means moral, when the situation fits change their minds.
Morality requires an appeal to a higher authority. Any person who says that he establishes his own morality is, at best, misled. You can't give birth to yourself.

For many people in society, it's simple to make civil law the benchmark for their morality. This usually works, insofar as the society is one that started with a moral foundation. But it's thinking along the path of least resistance. Specifics come up now and then where people are forced to really examine things and they may change their minds as you say. Complicating the analysis are people who just don't have the foundation to go with the hard right. They change their minds simply because they're weak.
"To spit on your hands and lower the pike; to stand fast over the body of Leonidas the King; to be rear guard at Kunu-Ri; to stand and be still to the Birkenhead Drill; these are not rational acts. They are often merely necessary." Pournelle
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