Monday, June 13, 2005

Question Day on CUANAS, Part 2

Today is question day on CUANAS. I have a bunch of questions, so I am sending them off to people who I believe will have interesting answers.

Now, let me warn you, when I am in "question" mode, I am also in crappy writing mode. It's hard to write well when you don't really understand your subject matter.

First I sent the following questions to Someguy over at Mystery Achievement. He might not think they are questions worth giving much thought to, but maybe some readers will offer their perspective as well. Or, maybe the act of my having written the questions out, will help me in formulating answers in the future. Anyway, here are the questions, and some of the thought processes behind the questions:

I'm giving serious thought to some ideas I have never entertained before. Would love to have your input. These might be old ideas to you or new, but I'd just love to see what your opinion would be.

1) Does evil always opposes freedom, or does evil always support slavery?

2) Can we recognize evil precisely because it is always in support of slavery

I have commented repeatedly on Mystery Achievement that freedom is the "first principle." I said that this was because before anything else (in other words before the Torah, before sin,) God created us in His Image, which means that we are

1) Free, and

2) that we have imagination, and

3) that we are creative.

Here's another idea (new to me) that I'm entertaining;

3) socialism supports slavery

I know that is an old idea, but socialism hasn't seemed so dangerous to me in the past. Now, of course, we see the socialists all have trouble getting on board with helping the Arabs set up democracy. Why?

Well, the only explanation I can come up with (since I really believe that most of them are anti-racist in their hearts, or at least they would like to think they are so much so that they would go to almost any length to prove that they are) is that they are caught up in some evil which is opposed to freedom.

Of course, number three means that "socialism is evil." I never thought of Socialism as evil before. Socialism has always seemed like a necessary fix in the system of Capitalism to me. What I mean by that is, when something goes wrong in the Capatalistic system, we need to plug the hole, so we put a little socialist fix in there. But, the problem is we just keep adding more and more socialist fixes, and then we have a Socialist system, which impedes freedom, and chokes motivation.

Listen to what Abe Lincoln said,

"That is the real issue ... It is the eternal struggle between these two principle - right and wrong - throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the comon right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, "You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it." No matter what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another reace, it is the same tyrannical principle."

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

My questions might seem naiive, by the way. You might have thought on this subject for years. Remember, I am a lefty who has simply been shocked into reality by the fact that my fellow lefties seem willing to support evil.

It breaks my heart.

PS: Oh, by the way, just so I am clear. I don't mean to say

that slavery is evil

To me, that goes without saying. I never had trouble figuring that one out.

I'm saying that Evil is Slavery.

Maybe another way to say it is that when we commit evil, or when we ate of the fruit in the Garden, the evil we did was to give away the Freedom that God had entrusted us with. In other words, we gave ourselves over to slavery. We sold ourselves. God had to buy us back.