Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Without Self-Consciousness There is No Right or Wrong

Myths are correctly defined as the distilled wisdom of the human race, made into stories that entertain and educate.

One of those myths is the story of the Garden of Eden. There are at least four interpretations: evil is brought into the world by people blaming their problems on other people; women's greatest sin is envy, and men's is listening to envious women; shame comes before guilt, and without self-consciousness there isn't the ability to tell right from wrong.("And the Lord God said, 'The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.'")

The latter raises some disturbing questions. Animals have no self-consciousness (and insects sure as hell don't) so they violate everyone's "life, liberty and property" just to stay alive. And the only thing they "understand" is violence and often death (such as squashing bugs).

Apply this to humans and you realize there are no "natural rights." They are just ideas in our heads we impose on reality. It doesn't mean they are bad ideas; on the contrary they are good ideas.

Now apply to concept to a modern argument: illegal immigration.

There are people who claim "borders don't exist." They're correct: they don't exist because they are ideas in our heads we impose on reality. And ultimately they are defended by violence or the threat of violence.

The same applies to "property lines" and indeed property itself. They don't exist. They are ideas in our heads we impose on reality, and they only reason they exist is because ultimately we can defend them through violence or the threat of it.

I often run into open-borders loons who are continually running their mouths that "borders don't exist." Yet they claim property and property lines ("property borders") do exist). They engage in every mental gyration to support their beliefs...which can't be supported.

And of course they have no problems with illegal immigrants flooding the country but they have no intention of letting these people camp in their front yards and move into their houses. Because, you know, "property."

But if these illegals were to take the property from these open-borders nuts...the only way they can keep their "property" is through violence or the threat of it. In such a situation it comes down to "might makes right." And that is a very nasty way to live, which is why some ideas are better than others. Lots better than others.

Even the idea of your body being your "property" is based on ideas in our heads, again imposed on reality. If someone turns you into a slave - and if you can't prevent it - then you are their "property."

Because of this truth, the more illegal Third World immigrants we have, the more violations of "property" - including life and liberty - we are going to experience.

2 comments:

outsider said...

And the immigrants would be right to take the property because we clearly don't value it.

Or at least they would be right to take the property of the wealthy NYLA liberals making the decisions.

Andrew Stallard said...

Yet they claim property and property lines ("property borders") do exist). They engage in every mental gyration to support their beliefs...which can't be supported. And of course they have no problems with illegal immigrants flooding the country but they have no intention of letting these people camp in their front yards and moving into their houses. Because, you know, "property." But if these illegals were to take the property from these open-borders nuts...the only way they can keep their "property" is through violence of the threat of it. In such a situation it comes down to "might makes right."


Few seem to consider how utterly arbitrary questions of moral "rights" and "wrongs" with respect to property or anything else really are.

I learned this the hard way living in China. I worked at a school that provided my wife and I with an apartment and in turn I would have to pay the rent back to them in a number of installments. Well, the accountant managed to steal 5000 Chinese RMB (around $800US) by giving me a bogus document to sign confirming the payment and then pocketing the money. This is very common on China and other Asian nations. people gain face by ripping others off. Victims of scams lose face because they are fools. The director of the school wouldn't even investigate the matter, but merely made me pay her again, because then the school itself would lose face because they were foolish enough to hire such a crook at all.

For all of the rhetoric of multiculturalists screaming about the need to respect the values of other cultures, I find it is the liberal multiculturalist who truly believes her own values to be absolute and universal. They believe this to the point of scarcely even acknowledging, much less tolerating cultures with value systems utterly alien to the zeitgeist of the contemporary western elite in which they were raised.