Thursday, July 16, 2009

America's Newest Pastime

Have you ever noticed that it doesn't matter what the topic is, political discussions always end up the same way? Today I was reading the comments about some new controversial legislation on the on line version of my local newspaper. As usual, the posts on the forums could have had the band Psychostick's "The Dumb Song" playing in the background, because it just digressed to another all too familiar name calling session.

I won't bother giving you the topic though. After all, I was not there to inform myself about current events, or issues of the day. I was there because it has become my new favorite spectator sport. Reading the comments on blogs and forums is more entertaining than your average cheesy sitcom, or local sporting event. I suspect that I am not alone, and it has become America's new underground pastime!

It is the American way: I want the government to enact laws that benefit me as long as it requires nothing of me personally, and somebody else pays for it... and if you disagree with me, "Yer Dumb!"
So, come on everybody, let's take a seventh insult stretch, and together sing the chorus to "The Dumb Song!"
"Oh say, can you see
Everyone is dumb but me
I'm never, ever wrong
And that's all you'll ever be."

Ron Konstantin

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Morality Of Ethics

The morality of ethics is an area where you must be realistic. Even if you are an idealist like me. The world is not all good or all bad. Not even the most corrupt person in the world will always make a decision that is self serving. On the other hand, Even the best and truest of men will disappoint you if given enough time. Does the media show bias? I say definitely. On the other hand, despite themselves they do write good articles too that benefit the community as a whole.

Utilitarianism is defined as: The ethical theory that all action should be directed toward achieving the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. Some people take a utilitarian view of logic and ethics:

If the majority is helped it is good.
If the majority agree, it is moral.
If the majority do not care, it is not important.
If the majority believe a story, it is true
If a man commits an evil, act he is evil
If a man commits good acts, he is a good man

But I disagree.

The moral: Utilitarian ethics are simply lazy morality. It is your responsibility to be proactive with your own life, instead of counting on others to do the right thing, much less the best thing for you. Also, if you do not stand up for yourself, nobody is likely to do it for you. lol...I can't be everywhere at once!