Some authors write prose that never seems to touch the ground. Others show us wonders and delights, fantasy and fiction to marvel at.
“I will not go up to that person I hate and shoot them in the head, because I would hate it if someone shot me in the head simply because they didn’t like me.” It’s the foundation concept, when children become able to understand this concept of self, and extrapolate that other humans must also have self, this is the point that they can become moral beings.
“I will not rob that bank and take all that money, because if I do I will probably get caught, I will go to jail, and much of my life will be wasted.” It’s a less compelling facet, because it can be derailed by simple logic. If it couldn’t there wouldn’t be crime. To use an economics term, it is all about Risk versus Profit
Religion by contrast is comprised of the same three facets, but in the totally opposite order.
A few posts of interests over here.
Right now we are living on the edges of a few thousand sci-fi and post-apocalyptic novel concepts. Asteroid 2005 YU55, is this very minute winging it’s way between the earth and our moon. That’s 400 meters of solid rock, easily capable of vaporization a city should it impact. Of course at it’s closest point it will be 324,600 kilometers away from the planet, but when we’re talking about distances in space, this is a hair’s breath away.
Of course an impact from Asteroid 2005 YU55 wouldn’t be an ELE (Extinction Level Event), certainly no Apophis. We can however look to the skies and wonder if the one that does hit (and one eventually will) will be in our lifetimes, or those of our grandchildren, or long after our species has faded from the planet.
For the morbid scientist in each of us here is a link http://simulator.down2earth.eu/# to a site that lets you input data (size, materials, speed) of a potential impact, and calculate the damage, effects and crater size that would result.
Now you can get some factual research done on your own Armageddon or Deep Impact story. Have fun smiting your hometown like the fist of an angry god.
October 11 was the American National Coming out day, an event that has spread world wide. It is of course closely followed by National “My son isn’t gay day”, International “Not as long as you live under my roof day” and the “I don’t understand, according to his sock draw he’s pro-lesbian Week”.
Okay I mock, a little, but it must be terribly hard in small communities, or in those without exposure to the gay community. I’ve been in or around higher education since I left high-school, the sort of judgement free environment where girls kissing and boys holding hand may catch the eye, but is hardly comment worthy.
Good luck to everyone leaving the closet, and to those forcibly ejected, and especially to those in the American army who can now reveal why exactly they want to be surrounded by men in uniform (the Village People have a lot to answer for). And for those down here in the burnt land a few recent rays of hope on that front with the SA Liberal leader coming out in favour of same sex marriage. I’m hoping we’ll soon see same-sex legal marriages, commitment for life to another person should be respected, regardless of their gender.
An excellent post over at http://freethoughtblogs.com/bluecollaratheist/2011/09/25/thank-you-mr-darwin-again/ about one very sensible persons journey towards eliminating the cultural programming of racism
As of yesterday you can now be officially gay in the US army. I hope there’s a marine with a Bedazzler just going to town right now.
I also plan to capitalize on this improvement with my new range of hello-kitty sniper rifles and line of day-glow coloured body armour… my plan may still require some work.