And Singer does live in a world of pop journalism and politics. In fact, he has used the former to influence the latter, to the advantage of political groups such as PETA. To claim that he is somehow "above" the fray as a philosopher would be news to the philosophers of the past, who sought ways to live in the world, not to retreat from it into hypotheticals.
Singer doesn't say that it is okay to kill a baby just for the heck of it, but he does say that it is more permissible to kill a baby than a sentient adult. By that logic, it is more permissible to kill a non-sentient adult than a sentient one. Once you accept that premise, then all lives are not equal, and we can eliminate any innocent once we decide what constitutes a life lacking in sufficient value.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
That was how I saw the Sciavo case. The money ran out and it was no longer convenient for the hubby. Her parents had no say. It's different when it's your kid.Originally Posted by Odysseus
When lawyers, who are paid by the hour, demand a rush to judgement, you know that something is up.
This point of view is ultimately selfish. Raising children is tough but ultimately satisfying. It's an excuse to shirk responsiblity.
am I the only one who thinks this article is fucking retarded? if we don't have children, our lives are meaningless! although i am sorta radical as I dont like the idea of birth control...
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