[ExI] difficult (?) puzzle

Henry Rivera hrivera at alumni.virginia.edu
Wed Jul 8 21:11:47 UTC 2020

> On Jul 8, 2020, at 8:08 AM, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <extropy-cha      > wrote:
>   If Jefferson kept a slave then he is a bad person who has utterly no qualities we want to emulate.  

Come on now, that’s awfully black and white. Mr. Jefferson (I went to UVA so we have to do that) even had a son (or possibly more children) with one of his slaves. Raped a slave that resulted in a pregnancy I should probably more accurately say. Mr. Jefferson or anybody else that has done some not-so-respectable or even atrocious things still may have positive qualities. I don’t mean to imply that the ends justify the means because I don’t support that idea. I just mean that some people who do bad things can also do good things and have “qualities we want to emulate” nonetheless.
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