March 27, 2013
Yes. Most of what happens to us on a daily basis is beyond our control. Free will comes into play in our reaction to those events. It is an idea that is embodied in many pithy sayings that you might find annoying, like, "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional."
Atheistic. A) It encourages me to improve this life for myself and others. Life and consciousness are strange, beautiful occurrences; I prefer to think of them as natural and mysterious. B) I'm poorly read on the subject. I don't know enough to have any opinion. As an atheist, I have always had difficulty reading scripture, it feels wrong to do so with absolutely no belief or feeling to accompany the words. C) Evolution is a fact.
No. If "the ends" are some desirable goal to which we aspire, we are cheating ourselves by attempting to get there through unjust means. The journey to "the ends" is what will be remembered and cherished, but only if it was done justly. I suppose that's a bit circular, though, isn't it? It all depends on my definition of "just means". Is it just to steal from the rich and give to the poor? Certainly, sometimes. Is it just to kill the rich who have wronged the poor? No, never. In general, my view falls somewhere in that murky middle with everyone else. How boring.
Far left/left. I suppose I aspire to be far left but I consider "far left" to essentially be the ultra-active version of "left". Where "left" is believing in economic justice and equality, "far left" is making concrete plans to move to a little egalitarian commune. Maybe that's an exaggeration, but it is what's lodged up in my brain.
No, no I have not. But I'm really happy you vet candidates with this question. My only concern: what about the people who stab with a knife? Or, perhaps even more terrifying, a spoon?
Interested in economic justice, especially consideration of alternative macro models and how they might create a better future.