Monday, August 4, 2008

Debate

Real debate is a holy thing. Real debate in my mind is the exploration of the validity of an idea between two parties interested in knowing and willing to act based on their findings. Debate is the essence of human value, it allows imagination to interact with intelligence. It is what allows the evolution of abstractions based on data received from reality. It is what allows humanity to act as a single organism.

It is the agent which we use to form our picture of existence in relation to our collective self.

A discussion is an exchange of ideas that does not include a willingness to change on one or both sides.

An argument is the desire to force the other side to conform to ones position regardless of the target's willingness.

There is no real debate of written or unwritten social policy in this country, nor in any other with a government as far as I can tell.

There is no real debate over who leads us or why the rich get to keep their inherited wealth like kings. There is no debate over why family life is structured as it is, there is no debate over tax itself being justified, or the attempted legislation of morality. Because real debate must include an opportunity for change in either direction based on said debate. Marijuana law is a standing example of debate being a bloody farce in this country. If real debate occurred it never would have been criminalized in the first place. Need I even mention the 9/11 investigation? Regardless of your position on that matter, you should be able to agree that at the very least there is significant public interest in the matter, and yet officially the book is closed.

I wish with every fiber of my being that debate were existent in this world. But so long as we are paralyzed with fear greed jealousy and willful ignorance, it cannot. I believe that fear is at the heart of what it is to be human, hence my transhumanism.

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I'm a politically and culturally subversive author with obsessive tendencies and a lot of free time. I feel a sense of personal responsibility for the fate of my species. My writing is the result.

My primary blog is at http://underlore.com but this G+ profile is a far more active representation of my viewpoint.

Generally I feel the answer to society's ills are technological in nature not political or cultural.

Having said that, I do have political positions of course and I strongly feel that we need to embrace nuclear power and deploy a universal basic income.