Sadly, it ended with the predictable accusations of my hating women because to her mind, being in favour of family values supported by marriage is offensive to unmarried mothers. Since most women are unmarried mothers these days, I must therefore hate women.
I tried to explain principle, the moral and categorical imperative, and even the concept Kant's universalisability, but to no effect. UKIP woman's unmarried daughter was happy with the father of her illegitimate children, and saw marriage merely as an optional extra for which she had no need.
I then explained the following gradations of morality:
- The ideal is to talk the talk and walk the walk - A.
- The one below that is to walk the walk but not talk the talk - B.
- The one below that is to talk the talk but not walk the walk - C.
- The worst is to neither talk the talk nor walk the walk - D.
Don’t care didn’t care,
Don’t care was wild:
Don’t care stole plum and pear
Like any beggar’s child.
Don’t care was made to care,
Don’t care was hung:
Don’t care was put in a pot
And boiled till he was done.