Tuesday, June 28, 2022

You Can't Beat Something With Nothing

I'd promised a much longer post dealing with meaning, ethics, science and philosophy, but I went to the gym instead and then got to work at my job. Let me prime the pump for that post with the title of this post.

You can't beat something with nothing.

If you're going to trash wacky Christian sects, progressive politicians or gun-toting libertarians who like to wear beekeeper outfits while engaging in sex fantasies, you've got to have something better, at least in the areas their worldview covers. It works best if your worldview covers even more topics than the people at whom you're pointing and laughing.

That's what gets me the most about some of our dinner parties with secular people who like to mock the unsophisticated. Yes, there are Christian groups out there who cling to silly ideas and all of us Christians are hypocrites. Ha ha ha. You got us, pardner. Right between the eyes. Oof, I'm dead.

So what do you have? What's your cosmology? What's the meaning and purpose of life? Please derive why slavery is wrong, from first principles.

When you solve those, I have some more questions for you - 6,000 years worth, counting our Jewish foundations. Thanks to Aquinas, we get science and Greek philosophy as well. 

If you're going to point and laugh, just make sure you've got a superior replacement.

It was a great day at the gym. Leg and shoulders today. That's 480# on the leg press. My goal is 500#. I am SO jazzed.


Ilíon said...

==If you're going to point and laugh, just make sure you've got a superior replacement.==

Also, try to make sure that the target(s) of your derision give a damn about your scorn.

K T Cat said...

(shrug) That one doesn't matter to me. When I'm critiquing things, I'm talking to myself as much as anyone else.

Ilíon said...

Isn't there a fundamental difference between critiqing and pointing and laughing?