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September 2017

I have been

working pretty hard trying to get the house battened down for winter, and it has been some work. Lots left to do, lots always left to do. I do hope I can find someone who will help me with the yard, because I just cannot do it anymore. it needs to be done, but the knees are just not up to it. Now eleven people have run screaming away, and it’s an ongoing source of irritation. And I just want to have the place a little cleaned up so the neighbors don’t mind living here.


One more time, and then I have to give up.

Pythagorean theorem. a^2 + b^2 = c^2. That’s the math, and it always applies to the real world of plane geometry.

Moral absolute. When A deprives B of X, A has committed a wrong. It does not depend on the need of A, or the surplus of B, or the value of X. It is wrong, and it is wrong because it is not right, and that is the only other option. It always applies in the real world, and always will. To suggest otherwise is to suggest that opinion has more value than fact.

Is there such a thing as degrees of crime? Indeed. There are lesser crimes that involve theft, and greater crimes that involve theft. DO any of those degrees make the theft less wrong? Absolutely not; that which is wrong cannot be right. And there is only one degree, wrong, or right. it is and always will be completely binary.

is there such a thing as mercy? Why sure. You can have mercy for someone who has done a wrong thing. Does the mercy mitigate the wrong? No. Maybe it mitigates the crime. but wrong and right, right and wrong will always be just those two things. To complicate them is to deny the nature of reason. And for this reason, AI will be diffcult to ever accomplish, because people think wrong and right are a sliding scale, and they are not and never will be. They are a coin, that you can only be on one side or the other of.

What is a moral absolute?

In order to understand what it is, it is maybe easier to say what it is not.

it is not “Fairness” life isn’t fair, get over it. it isn’t “Mercy”, that is the domain of the merciful who often don’t exist, and it damned sure isn’t “Justice” because justice is a moving target.

One thing moral absolutes are not, and have nothing to do with, are Crime, and Punishment.

Lots of things are crimes, and they are not remotely immoral. Speeding on a long stretch of highway in the desert? Crime. Not immoral. Speaking your mind in Chicom country? Crime. not immoral. In fact a great deal of crime, and the laws that are aimed at controlling behavior, are not about immoral behavior at all, and as often as not the very law itself is immoral, because it is a theft; it’s a crime to carry a loaded firearm in Illinois except under the most stringent of circumstances, and that in and of itself is immoral, because it robs the individual of his or her right to defend his or her person.

No, to discuss justice or mercy or crime or punishment or fairness in the same breath as moral absolutes is to grossly misunderstand the meaning of moral absolute, and we can always return to the basic moral absolute of theft, because a lot of other moral absolutes are based on it. Kill someone? you are stealing their right to live. Rape someone? Stealing from them their ability to determine what happens to their own body.
A moral absolute is something that is wrong no matter who does it nor who it is done to. Stealing a loaf of bread is stealing a loaf of bread. Doesn’t matter if yopu steal it from a pauper or a millionaire, doesn’t matter if you are in need or just like stealing, the only consideration is the theft itself and that theft is always wrong. There is no circumstance under which it is not. nobody deserves to take someone else’s property without consideration, period. And from this moral absolute springs all others.

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