Going beyond logic

Hey guys! So, at my school, I’m in an ethics/philosophy club. It’s a TON of fun, ’cause we have a bunch of nerdy, intelligent people debating the fuzzy areas of ethics. So, the other day, we were talking about the origins of ethics and why we have them in the first place. I tried to make a semblance of an argument, but I’m really not very good with coming up with words right on the spot nor am I a good arguer. But then I started really thinking, and so this blog post will be the result of said reflection.

At ethics club the other day, one person asked, “Well, if only people have ethics, and we’re more intelligent and logical than animals, then do ethics come from logic?” My answer is a resounding NO! Now, to illustrate my point. 

Turn on the radio to a random station, and what will you probably hear? That’s right, love songs. That’s because there are so many people either in love, out of love, or waiting to be in love. These songs tell us that love is the ultimate goal. Disney movies tell us that love is the most powerful thing in the world. Sometimes it just seems like we’re all going around in the world searching for this seemingly unattainable goal. Why, as a species, are we so obsessed with love? It just doesn’t make sense. And it’s not just romantic love, but also familial love and the love we feel for our friends.

And when this love is real and true, it really CAN be one of the most powerful things in the world. Think of the people who sacrifice themselves for a loved one. That most definitely is not logical. See, that’s where the real difference is between us and animals. We are loving creatures. True, there are some animals, like elephants, that show true grief. Some monkeys groom each other as a way of showing companionship and bonding. I’ve heard that mother partridges pretend that they’re injured as a decoy to save their chicks.

But we’re still a species of LOVE. And I believe that THAT is where our ethics come from. Ethics are different from morals in that they are universal. Everybody can have their own values and morals, but ethics are something universal. In other words, ethics are something HUMAN. And I believe that they come from our ability to and affinity for love. Love doesn’t rely on logic; it’s about other people rather than just serving yourself. Ethics are the same, because they involve not always doing what may be best specifically for you, but what’s best for society or even what may better for just one person. Because the desire for love and serving others is something so beautifully human. It goes beyond logic. It’s love.

Enjoy your lemonade,

Epylle Spydre

p.s. I thought this picture added a dramatic effect to the post 😀


borrowed from: http://bonfirehealth.com/unconditional-love-chemical-benefits/


A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small

You probably recognize the title, either from the original Dr. Seuss book “Horton Hears a Who”, or from the movie or musical adaptations of it. I was actually brought to this thought while I was researching bumble bees. Don’t question my madness; I was researching bumble bees on a whim. But one place where I was reading spoke of the bees so lovingly, and so “a person’s a person, no matter how small” just popped into my head. As I tend to do, I’ve decided to follow this where it leads, as it appears to be more promising today than ranting about consumerism (consuming honey, which comes from bees. D’you get it?). But I can rant about consumerism tomorrow.

Earlier in the week, my mom brought my attention to an article (link: http://www.nomblog.com/16673/ ) that spoke of a moral dilemma: is it wrong to accuse someone of murder or abuse when it’s perfectly normal in their culture? In the article, it spoke of how some teacher in Canada (if my memory’s correct) presented this dilemma to his philosophy students, and was appalled when they weren’t angry and outraged at people in Afghanistan who abused their daughter when she ran away from her abusive husband. The point of the article was that education nowadays makes people not only open cultural differences (which is good), but okay with this kind of cultural difference, even though it’s really morally wrong.

Yes, it’s morally wrong to abuse your daughter for running away from her abusive husband. For me, I can’t judge those people for what they did, because in their law, it was okay, but I can judge the practice. I judge the practice of treating women like property and the practice of harming innocent people as morally wrong. I can say that the practice is morally wrong, because there is something that should go beyond cultural lines: the value of human life. A person’s a person, no matter how small.

Now, I could go on the whole abortion track, but I’m sure you’ve heard it already. Life starts as soon as you’re conceived. Those children deserve life, even when their parents weren’t expecting it, or if they’re diagnosed with some sort of mental illness. Here’s a story that I think you’ll like. I borrowed it from a blog which I’m giving the link to so that hopefully this isn’t considered plagiarism. http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=4860

Here’s the story:

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said: ‘Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together. So the doctor said: ‘Ok and what do you wan’t me to do?’ She said: ‘I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.’

The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: ‘I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.’ She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued: ‘You see, in order for you not to have to take care 2 babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.

The lady was horrified and said: ‘No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child! ‘I agree’, the doctor replied. ‘But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.’ The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point. He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb.

Well, I didn’t intentionally go on the abortion track, but I guess I’m here. Actually, it’s really more of a “human life is precious” type of track, which is more general. We were given the amazing, beautiful gift of life, but we throw it around all the time as if we had extra lives to spare. We go around, moaning and groaning about all of life’s problems when in reality, we have so much to be thankful for. And there are people that say, “I don’t have time to do this now, but I’ll get to it after I have a family and they’re all taken care of.” NO! That pains me when I hear that, because that person could die tomorrow, and they didn’t put their efforts into what really matters, but instead lived off of the temporary, consumerist traps of the world. Ha, look! There’s consumerism. But back to the point.

LIFE IS SHORT! And more than that, life is precious. It is so, so,SO precious, and people shouldn’t be able to just hurt other people for weak reasons. A person’s a person, no matter how small. No matter what you’ve done, no matter what plans you have for the future, you’re still a person. And you deserve life.

Enjoy the lemonade,

Epylle Spydre