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American liberals are about as far removed from liberalism, as are American republicans from republicanism. What originated as serious political division, has descended into a grotesque parody of Robin Hood.
I am confident that Hamilton and Jefferson, by so many matters divided, would, if they were to see it, be united in disappointment.
It's rather moot unless you consider yourself fit to play a significant part in the strengthening and healing of ALL others.
Not interacting with the universal set of the Earth's human population does not preclude interaction with persons who do not subscribe to the 1st Tenet of your moral code, sir. And therefore the question I put to you is thus: Is one obliged to strengthen those who would do one harm?
The same rights you enjoy.
So the code only applies to those living under the auspice of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and where those rights are actively enforced? What for North Koreans? What for Somalians?
I have no authority to disallow a person freedom of conscience.
Though you presume the authority to dictate the terms whereby a moral individual ought to live?
e making a "thou shalt" statement doesn't revoke anyones rights.
Then surely you cannot, sir, render a commandment that inhibits one's right to wish harm upon others?
Did I make a command?
Thou shalt understand them as commands if thats your disposition.
Ah, humour. Very good, sir.
1. Thou shalt take part in the healing and strengthening of oneself and others.
All others, or just those dispose to reciprocate?
2. Thou shalt recognize rights of others equal to your own, and never desire harm upon someone, but healing.
What are these rights? If one is not allowed to wish harm upon another person, is it not the case that freedom of conscience is not among those rights? If so sovereign and important a right has thus been revoked, what other rights can possibly have escaped the same fate?
8. Thou shalt mature past the leader/follower mentality, neither desiring to give commands or obey them.
Does the irony of commanding somebody not to obey commands escape you?