Brant Gaede Posted September 25, 2007 Share Posted September 25, 2007 (edited) Now YOUR turn: How do you decide what you want?Ba'al ChatzafI try to make my decisions based on what is rationally in my self-interest, opposed to an itch or my emotional fancies.Basing your decisions on itches, fancies, emotions, or desires without understanding how they effect your self-interest in the long run and in the short run is very animalistic. What about rape Bob? If you see a beautiful woman and are aroused do you scratch your itch and treat her how you would want her to treat you?--DustanAnd suppose I consider satisfying my itches or fancies to BE my interest? Why would that be wrong. What is inherently wrong with pursuing pleasure? If I am going to be alive, why not have some fun doing it? Aside from puritan crotchets and other sourpuss reactions, just what is wrong with hedonism? I am referring here to the pursuit of pleasure, done without infringing anyone's rights. We do live with other people for whom our pleasure may be their pain, so we must constrain our pleasures to avoid such conflicts. As to rape, that is a wrong committed against another person. I would not want to be raped, so I would not rape anyone. In addition to lacking grace and being uncouth, it is also an infringement of rights and furthermore it is actionable. People are arrested and imprisoned for rape. If it is sexual contact one wishes, one need not obtain it by force. It can be had by consent. Rape is not only unnecessary, it is just plain stupid. Ba'al ChatzafIf the pursuit of pleasure is the primary, then one's underlying philosophy and values are invisible and out of control. One might end up doing very bad things because of that. --Brant Edited September 25, 2007 by Brant Gaede Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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