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Immoral Beyond Redemption

OldEnoughToKnowBetter Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 10:14 AM
I would contend that a more universally humane solution would be to let the woman on the grate starve or freeze to death. Perhaps not for the women in the microcosm, but globally survival of the fittest improves the lives of the species by filtering out the non-producers/non-contributors. Tribal cultures often allowed the old and infirm to go off on their own to die rather than burden the tribe with their care. Much of our healthcare problem is that we insist of prolonging the lives of people who have ceased contributing to society, simply because the care of them produces profits for the medical care providers. Better that money be spent on medical research to prevent disease rather than keeping alive those who are going anyway.
Georgia Boy 61 Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 7:34 PM
The argument you have just made is nothing more than Social Darwinism, which was tried by the National Socialists, communists, and others and proved not only to be a great moral evil, but a complete failure as the basis of civlized society. Nietzsche would have been proud of you...
pkadzielawa Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 10:28 AM
But the elderly woman would be beyond her reproductive years so that wouldn't matter.
badgerpat Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 10:22 AM
Current disagree more. If we have no human compassion, we are no longer human. Tribal societies acted/act as you describe because they have to in order to survive, since they are living with no margin in resources, and have to be absolutely as efficient as possible, or they all die. She should be helped privately, however, not by the government.
badgerpat Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 10:24 AM
"COULDN'T disagree more." Not sure how THAT happened.
talltexanoilfieldtrash Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 10:59 AM
What ever happened to the biblical admonition to revere our elders for their wisdom?
Mellisa55 Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 11:28 AM
Exactly what I was thinking. Private charity is the answer - and the only possible one in a true republic.
Mellisa55 Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 11:29 AM
Benjamin Franklin, statesman and signer of our Declaration of Independence, said: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." John Adams, another signer, echoed a similar statement: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Are today's Americans virtuous and moral, or have we become corrupt and vicious? Let's think it through with a few questions.

Suppose I saw an elderly woman painfully huddled on a heating grate in the dead of winter. She's hungry and in...