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Cute new BHA video series with Stephen Fry narrating. 



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Mar. 18th, 2014 06:51 am (UTC)
Mar. 18th, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
I agree that ethics come from ourselves, but I'm not at all that rational about it. Instead of just pondering the consequences of my actions (which I do as well, of course), I mostly rather feel a kind of responsibility towards my conscience. Of course, maybe that's the same, just in a wishy-washy form?

But e.g. I don't think that it's my highest priority that everyone or even *I* should be happy. I only want to do the right thing, which seems to be different from that. Maybe I've read too many Stoic treatises and understood them too poorly. Shame I can't put my point more clearly. (Petrusplancius could at least explain the Stoic point of view, if not my own obscurity. I hope he'll look around.)

Edited at 2014-03-24 06:23 pm (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
PS: My "conscience" is not God's voice inside me, but it also isn't the sum of all I learnt from my experiences with other people.
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:22 am (UTC)
I believe your conscience is the sum of all you have learned and experienced plus the mental structure you have inherited from millions of years of evolution as a social animal.
Mar. 25th, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
Maybe you're right. So some bits are just "given", i.e. irrational, not completely conscious. Open to examination, but not necessarily examined.

(Plus thousands of years of religion?)
Mar. 25th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
No, I wouldn't bolt on religion as some sort of extra factor. Religion is a creation of the human mind, not the other way around. It is a product of millions of years of human evolution not an external influence on it.

Edited at 2014-03-25 02:27 pm (UTC)
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