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It is in the prosecution of some single object, and in striving to reach its accomplishment by the combined application of his moral and physical energies, that the true happiness of man, in his full vigour and development, consists. Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with repose; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm our eyes. If we consider the position of man in the universe,—if we remember the constant tendency of his energies towards some definite activity, and recognize the influence of surrounding nature, which is ever provoking him to exertion, we shall be ready to acknowledge that repose and possession do not indeed exist but in imagination. - Wilhelm von Humboldt, The Sphere and Duties of Government (The Limits of State Action) (1854 ed.)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Before I introduce George...

I should perhaps introduce myself. Right now I am best able to define myself as:
  • Naturalist
  • Humanist
  • Anarchist
  • Libertarian Socialist
  • Eudaimonia (ie. human flourishing) is the goal or purpose of life and occurs when preferences/interests/desires are met
  • No expectations (ie. nirodha)
  • 3 Step Ethics
    1. Assert the definitions of "good" and "bad".
    2. Have a methodology for deciding on how to act.
    3. The result(s) by definition are what is "right" and/or "wrong".
  • People are basically good
  • Do to others as they would want done to themselves
Here are some real world/practical things that help to define me:
  • I will vote for pretty much any/all tax increases
  • I will vote for pretty much NO increase in prison or law enforcement
  • I will vote for pretty much anything having to do with libraries or schools
  • I do give money to things like the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, People for the American Way, etc.
  • pro-abortion & euthanasia
Among my favorite authors are:Among my favorite historical philosophies and figures are:That is probably enough for now.

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