Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Short Note on Moral Judgement and Misanthropy

I'm really trying to separate my sense of moral outrage from human agency these days. After all, a clinical study of life from a strictly deterministic viewpoint reveals that true moral agency is an illusion, anyway. This is something I've believed for a long time, but internalizing the concept is something else entirely. Emotions cloud the fact that there's really nothing else besides the process as a whole to blame; and not even that, since the process itself is automatic and insentient. Sentience itself is merely a descriptive term for a certain complex of biological and chemical feedback loops, feeding the illusion that 'individuals' experience a sort of status that exists somehow apart from the flux of existence as a whole, so as to 'reflect'; a misnomer which, if dwelt upon adequately, might be more revealing than a lot of us would care to contemplate.

Long story short: I am the universe kicking against its own pricks, and yelling "Ouch!" And so are all of us- sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.

Goo goo g'joob.

P.S. Perhaps not so much a misnomer; instead, a misapplied euphemism better understood as a literal condition. You know, Semolina Pilchard climbing up the Eiffel Tower.

Or, to put it another way.

6 comments:

Shadow said...

Hey Jim

I love you man.

Like in a non-homo way, you got that right?

Take care.

timcooijmans said...

Two pieces I think are relevant here: argument against convential humanistic morality, and brains are the source of suffering.

Shadow said...

Tim,

Those are nice links, I haven´t read them before.

Has anyone seen this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E2oA8GYxSs

It´s pretty damn cool also.

Anonymous said...

A new one of us! A new one of us! (haven't listened to it yet, but I'm about to right now) ciao

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uLe85vVHNk&feature=player_embedded

Todd said...

Gooble-gobble, gooble-gobble!

filrabat said...

@anon.

The video is by DerivedEnergy, another antinatalist on YouTube. He's far from Gary stylistically, but nevertheless enjoyable and has very solid reasoning. I'm a subscriber to his videos.

http://www.youtube.com/user/DerivedEnergy