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By What Means?

August 6, 2010

We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

Now, does any quotation conflict your morality more than that one?

Is there any reason to deny the rights of human beings as human beings?

Is saving the lives of many in your own country a good thing?
Of course. Is it worth torturing one man to save them, though?
In my opinion, it is not. Interrogation is one thing. Espionage is one thing. Torture, regardless of the result, is never acceptable.

Is gaining equal rights for your race, sex, or group a worthy cause?
You bet it is.
Is terrorism an acceptable way to reach these goals?
Never. Period.

What about taking away the rights of an entire state? Is it ok then?
Please see below

Is allowing homosexuals the right to marry a good thing?
I believe it is. Is allowing them to do so by discrediting the thoughts of the majority?
I think less. While important to have homosexuals in committed, monogamous relationships, they were given that right in a domestic partnership , which in many places is almost identical to a marriage, legally. And most religions reject homosexuality, so really there is no point in getting married for religious reasons. But the right to attach the “marriage” label is a huge step. Good for them. The only issue is that when the rights of the few (the homosexuals, Judge Walker) superceed the rights of the many (The people of California) Many argue that Proposition 8 was in violation of the 14th Amendment, which states that all citizens hold equal protection under the law. As stated earlier, a domestic partnership is nearly identical to a legal marriage, making the protection equal.

While I agree with the outcome of Vaughn Walker, esquire’s decision, I believe the fellow had no reason to take away the democratic capabilities of the state of California.

The ends tend to be good, but is all that ends well truly well?

Here’s to tomorrow

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Aria permalink
    August 12, 2010 9:07 pm

    Lets think of it this way:
    This one person being tortured will experience physical and mental pain in unimaginable quantities. He will be marred for life.
    On the other hand, what people are being saved because of this? If the information obtained by this method saves more lives then it ruins, then so be it. As terrible as it sounds, it’s a numbers game.

    • bleedblueandwhite permalink*
      August 13, 2010 6:19 pm

      The issue with it being a numbers game would be assigning worth to each life.
      What IS the worth of a human life? That’s the issue. This will never be clear cut until one can safely say what a life is worth. I don’t think a measurement large enough has been thought of just yet.

      • August 16, 2010 1:05 am

        Personally, I do not know, nor do I even begin to assume that I can fathom the worth of a life, but whatever that worth is, it still is numbers.
        2X>X
        whether X=1 or X=1000000
        That’s only assuming that all lives are equal in value, in which case even saving two lives would be worth it.

        If they are unequal in value, well, I would value the lives of 100 random civilians over that of one individual.

      • bleedblueandwhite permalink*
        August 16, 2010 1:44 am

        2x being greater than x is really rather logical. The only issue here is that logic is not needed in such a situation!
        No, I really see your side of it, and that’s what makes this so interesting. Things aren’t cut-and-dry. Everything seems to be layered and nothing’s ever really as it seems to be upon first glance.

  2. August 30, 2010 12:43 pm

    I see your side as well. It make total sense. This situation is one of many. It all depends on the person’s morals. Is each life in itself a sacred entity, or merely a cog or gear in the workings of society? I believe in the Middle Path. Neither extreme is 100% correct, but the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

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