No Objective Morality?

By Rich

I get a lot of missionaries visit my house, I suspect it’s down to the proximity of the American airbase and the local Mormon outfit. Rather then politely ask them to go away I’m always happy to have a chat, almost inevitably we always end up talking about morality and they wheel out the old ‘objective morality’ argument.

This is usually countered by querying the various moralities they claim are divinely mandated and asking them if they think that’s a jolly good idea. The last time I had a nice lady round (she bought her daughter with her which was depressing) she basically ended the conversation with “You’ve got a lot to say about other people’s morality but you can’t propose anything better!”.

I must admit at the time I hadn’t given a great deal of thought to a proposal of morality, I’d just sort of lumped it all together as “Anyone telling you how to be moral doesn’t know what they are talking about” until now.

Over the next few months I put the brain in action and mulled it over. Here’s the massively distilled basic concept, I’ll probably add more to it including examples of it in real world scenarios. I never did ask the lady for her contact details, I suppose I may see her floating about again so I’ll see what she thinks.

Life can largely be defined in it’s most basic form as follows: “You didn’t exist before you were born, you won’t exist after you die. Everything between is a series of moments perceived by conscious creatures.”

I think that boils it down to it’s sterile base, but it’s important to have a baseline from which to build on.

For each of these moments there are things that impact you and things that you can impact. Everything that impacts you is either positive which increases your well-being, negative which makes life that bit harder or largely neutral. Although neutral is very difficult as I’ll cover in another post (maybe).

Equally everything you do has that potential to impact other conscious creatures, when you consider the outcome of a given action you know if the action will have a positive or negative impact on the well-being of someone else.

This can be used as a baseline for objective morality. Rather than turn to scripture, myths, gurus or society leaders to provide our morality for us we can use the above to guide our own inbuilt moral process. If every impact we have on others is done with their well-being firmly in mind this can only increase the net well-being of society.

The initial draft of this was about five pages long and included relentless examples and little meditations and things but I found that the essence of the argument was getting lost in my rambling prose. I think the above is a good start, I’ll fill it out in further posts.

The Horrors of Bank

By Rich

When trying to convince the religious of the lack of any evidence of the existence of a God or Gods you may be tempted to fall into the usual arguments.

You may start with calls on the importance of testable evidence. Perhaps follow that up with a well thought out critique on the questionable concept of a human soul. Then – if the person you’re still talking to hasn’t expired where they stand – your finale may call on said person to consider the needless requirement for an unchanging, forever supervising, heavenly dictator…

OR you could forget all that and simply take them to Bank station and tell them they have to get somewhere or indeed anywhere.

Another reason to buy from M&S

By Rich

A while ago I wrote to M&S to ask how I could ensure I wasn’t buying Halal or Kosher meat, this was their wonderfully open reply. If only I could get something similar out of other supermarkets.

Thanks for your email. Marks & Spencer remains committed to the highest standards of animal welfare. Therefore, we do not sell the meat from any animal or bird that has not been stunned prior to slaughter.
We understand your concerns about the labelling of our meat and would like to reassure you that, with the exception of New Zealand lamb, none of our meat or poultry is slaughtered in accordance with any religious practices.

All lamb originating from New Zealand has been humanely slaughtered with halal approval. We understand that for some there may be a religious or moral objection to New Zealand lamb, so we’re able to offer UK sourced lamb as an alternative. The country of origin of all M&S meat is clearly labelled on the packaging.

In addition, we’re planning to add further information to the Animal Welfare section of our website outlining the processes followed in the humane slaughter of all our meat.

I hope you find the above information reassuring. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further queries.

Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch.

Preparing VirtualBox and FreeBSD for Juniper Olive

By Rich

I’ve had the following lingering about in my documents folder for some time now and I figured it would do better where other people could see it and have a go themselves.

You can run JunOS software on a FreeBSD box with no major problems it’s called a Juniper Olive and it’s a great way of studying for your JNCIx exams, this post aims to improve on a the basic installation method you see elsewhere on the NET.

Full article at my original site: Preparing VirtualBox and FreeBSD for Juniper Olive

So I found this ship…

By Rich

Originally posted here, this sums up my first few nights with X Rebirth, which despite popular opinion isn’t terrible. It’s a long way short of good, but it’s not awful, well not for a console game.

Which I expect is part of the problem.

Hi, I’m the absurdly named Ren Otani and I was out in sector four looking for my emotion chip when I found this crappy looking ship floating about. No sooner had I got the coffee machine working and pinned the oh-so-hilarious toilet sign up on the latrine but I get a hail from some crazy woman floating about in some sort of capsule.

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