[lit-ideas] Re: When a civilized society fights a barbarous one

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 14:58:46 -0400

Eric: But Judy it is the essence!

Judy: No Eric, it is not.

Eric: You wrote that West's comment, "The morally superior (read: paralyzed) don't really take sides; don't really believe one culture is qualitatively better or worse than the other. They don't even believe one culture is just plain different from the other" was balderdash.

I tried to show that claims to superiority reside in overall governing ideals, and may be constantly refuted in day-to-day praxis. Otherwise the society with the lowest ideals would be superior because it always lived up to those low ideals.

West's "morally superior(read: paralyzed)" ignore the distance between ideals and praxis, and bestow opprobrium on all, regardless of their overall governing ideals. Zarqawi deliberately chopping off heads and US bombs accidentally killing civilians are treated as the same thing--from an absolute perspective that ignores praxis.

This is like condemning a man who had an affair with equal force as one would condemn a serial rapist.

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