Thursday, June 10, 2010

Last Generation- The Thing That Angers Me Is...

...that Singer asks the right questions, makes the right arguments, and then completely ignores what he's just said and opts for the popular conclusion. It's as if he's just presented a good, solid case against handgun ownership, then ends his argument by advocating that all kids should own handguns because he has faith that sooner or later their marksmanship will improve.

I still believe the main psychological obstacle in the way is this vicarious 'feeling' that we somehow live on through succeeding generations, thus achieving a kind of immortality. Of course, it's a fake kind of immortality, experientially meaningless, but the fear of death will fashion a life preserver out of anything, it seems. Even imagination.

Ooh! That reminds me! My next little project needs to be a review of the film 'Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality'. It's something Chip asked me to do a while back, but I never got around to it (sorry, Chip). Although, I DID manage to procure a copy of the DVD signed by the director. Here's part of the blurb on the back cover-

Flight from Death uncovers death anxiety as a possible root cause of many of our behaviors on a psychological, spiritual, and cultural level.

I guess I should point out up front that they never address the obvious solution, although it's screaming to be heard from right off-stage. Then again, advocating the extinction of the human race, even on a voluntary basis, is the 'greatest taboo', isn't it?

1 comment:

filrabat said...

Singer's either or both of 2 things:

A. He already has children, so he made up the end of the paragraph as an after-the-fact rationalization to shield himself from hypocrisy, or as a soothing balm for his conscience. IOW, a rhetorical fig leaf.


B. He's trapped in the same DNA/Neurological architecture 99% of people are. IOW, trapped by the survival instinct, seeing things through survival-instinct-tinted glasses, etc.