Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Why can I never follow through on anything?
I'm a day late, and I really don't have anything to say about Bryan Caplan. He's moronic in ways I've never truly thought possible, but other than that, I don't have any passion with which to beat him over the head with. Eliezer and Rob, support him all you like in your Randian-esque cult of 'rationality', I don't really care. I'm past that for now, simply because I'm in the line of thinking that giving up will save me a lot of pain. People are not ready for antinatalism. Even if (or perhaps, when) we become posthuman pleasure-robot-geniuses, I don't think a sufficient, or even substantial proportion of the population will be ready. Human beings are deception machines. I'm pretty sure a hell of a lot of ordinary thought consists of nothing but simple lies to ourselves - justifications of purpose, justifications of hierarchy, justifications for living, just justifications. The only real chance I think that antinatalism would have would be if people were not given the chance to come to an informed decision on the matter - if by some stroke of luck, all the education ministers all over the world were antinatalist, and the next generation, the last generation, were brought up as antinatalists. Serious, serious problems aside, I find the whole idea quite amusing. But then again, maybe I shouldn't. Most people don't understand scientific principles - yet they believe everything a scientist will tell them, or at least, almost everything. What does it matter if you believe something that's right without knowing why? As long as it is actually right, then everything's hunky dory, really. Or is it? I can't be bothered thinking that one through (far too tired), so you can tell me what you think in the comments if you want. Bye for now, I guess.