July 4th, 2007

shorts

Hump Day. No, not my leg.

I've been asked to give 7 random facts about myself. Here goes:

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I am coming to realise why it is that the seeming complete lack of logic and rationality in the BZP debate is happening. Because - thank you xhile for pointing this out - this is not a debate about facts. It's a debate about opinions. Opinions based on philosophy or moral judgement.

Basically, some people think that taking drugs to alter one's mental outlook is ok. Other people think it's immoral. And all the arguments in the world based on logic will not alter these perceptions.

So, I have a couple of questions for the people who read this - people that I consider to be smart and open minded. Yes, I'm aware that I'm struggling for perspective on this issue because I feel so strongly about it. But yes - questions.

1. Can someone please explain to me using logic, or philosophy (ie not 'it is because it is' type arguments) - exactly why altering one's mental state using chemicals could be considered to be immoral? I'm not wanting to argue this, I'm wanting to see if there is a logical argument for this viewpoint, and what that argument is.

2. If I am discussing this issue with people who take the viewpoint that drugs are immoral and therefore bad, what sort of line can I take to avoid them dismissing my perspective as one that is immoral and bad and therefore irrelevant?

Finally, from allyn - another indicator as to why this bugs me so much. Basically, the people in parliament are paid to represent me. And I don't feel represented by the people in parliament.

Food for thought..

OK bizarre coincidence du jour. I did that "Go to the 42nd entry in your blog ever" meme - you know, the one that supposedly shows you the meaning of your life? How's this for currently relevant?