[ExI] riots again
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 14:39:37 UTC 2012
On 4 October 2012 21:41, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:
> Off the top of my head I can't think of anything that is understandable
> justifiable and useful that is not noble, particularly if it works to my
> own best interests.
I am under the impression that "noble" and "self-serving, self-indulgent"
are considered in most languages, at least this side of the pond, as more
or less the antonymes of each other. Not that I think that only "altruism"
- if it exists at all - would be noble. But certainly the nobility of a
cause cannot be measured on its correspondence with the immediate interest
or psychology of the party involved. Nor the lack of correspondence would
automatically allow us to consider it as "ignoble, base, vulgar, common".
> There are certainly a lot of unpleasant characters in the illegal drug
> trade, but then if government made chocolate bars illegal then the
> underground Hershey candy company and the underground Mars candy company
> would have no way to settle disputes except through baseball bats and
> machine guns.
Yes, and they would attract even more unpleasant characters than they
currently employ for the sale of their poisons. :-)
Exactly my point. :-)
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