[lit-ideas] Re: Aren't you glad you no longer have a Hitler problem?

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 15:04:02 -0700

Morality may be grounded in rationality, but rationality is subservient to
the emotions.  Therefore, morality is either grounded in the emotions or
it's an academic construct.  Maybe that's why humanity talks a good line
about morality while their behavior is downright venal.  And that's on a
good day.  On a bad day ...

Suppose you're angry because you believe someone has been lying to you. It turns out that they've been telling the truth. Do you continue to be angry with them? Is this a case of 'rationality' being 'subservient' to the emotions, or vice versa?

Imagine that the War Department mistakenly informs you that your brother
has been killed in battle. Do you continue to feel grief, anger, and
shock, when you learn that he's safe and sound? Specifically, do you
still grieve for him?

You're happy because you've passed the bar exam. Woops, computer error!
Still celebrating?

Robert Paul

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