Month: August 2016

On the Arts

The creator of an art has the sole right to profit from that art, but I do not think it can be said that the creator of said art has the right to that art. Art belongs to its appreciators, and could not exist if it were not for the liberal freedoms entailed in the…

On the Deterministic Outcomes

The laws of nature can guarantee in what way matter will react, but they cannot guarantee that these reactions will be found agreeable to us. It is the physics of particles that governs all that exists in the universe. One can only hope that the matter around us, what makes up all we know, reacts…

The Limits of the Free Will

A cruel, callous god, one who watches the abducted child with indifference. Oh, how could he? How could one who loves his creations so dearly allow such abject suffering? What’s that, you say? To preserve the freedom of will is the purpose of such inaction? The abductor must be allowed to torture his abductee in…

Pity, the practice of the meek

How exhilarating that I can bring more suffering into the world, not just by making myself suffer, but by doing this in order to elicit pity. When I cry out in pain, I do so so that the world’s empathetic ears might hear me, and by spreading my suffering to them, I elevate myself to…

Egalitarianism

I have noticed that it only seems appropriate to espouse the view that egalitarian values must go both ways if one is the more common victim of intolerance or persecution. Here lies a subtle form of the ad hominem: the idea that one is not permitted to point out inconsistencies in egalitarian proclamations because they…

Coexistence

It is true that this world would be a better place if certain people did not exist, but it is also true that it would be a worse place if we did what was necessary to make some of those certain people cease to exist. -AD

Objective Truth

Unless your definition of knowledge is that of a level of understanding and foresight unobtainable by any human being, then yes, I believe objective truths exist—in scientific objectivity. Though, all should be wary of any claims that follow a mention of objective truth, for there devils sometimes lie, disguised as the truth we wish to…

The War of the Worlds

In 1898, the English author H.G. Wells published The War of the Worlds, a fictitious and imaginative account of an alien invasion of Earth from Mars. Towards the end of the novel’s eleventh chapter, Wells describes a scene of destruction left behind from the first Martian attack, one in which an entire town was leveled…