Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Why God is quicker than philosophy

I was discussing with a UKIP woman, no less, why family values supported by marriage is something that ought to be promoted.

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.

Her daughter was a B but could be an A, but that drew a blank too.  

I then had to rely on how condoning bastardy encourages female promiscuity, female promiscuity leads to unmarried motherhood, unmarried motherhood leads widespread bastardy, widespread bastardy leads to declining standards of education and behaviour and national if not civilisational extinction.

The woman remains unmoved.  Her daughter is fine and that's all there is to it.  

How much easier therefore if people believed in God, and one could say God said so, and be believed and obeyed.   

There is also this nursery rhyme:   

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.

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