I've been writing a lot about First Principles, or basic values, the past year or so. With all of these ludicrous, damaging, degenerate events going on, its sometime tough to keep track of your basic values. Its easy to get off on tangents, and criticize this or that, without being consciously aware of WHY I/we are criticizing it.
Everything I write and say comes from First Principles. I do not pretend to be credentialed in any relevant area, nor do I necessarily have any deep insight into any of these issues. What I write about is self evident based on First Principles.
What are my First Principles? (not an exhaustive list).
- Truth / Honesty.
- The Golden Rule (treat people the way you would have them treat you).
- Legal / Social equity.
The above are primary values. Now, hating pit bulls (or even all dogs) would be more of a secondary value / principle. Why hate them? Well, its self evident that (in many cases) uncontrolled pit bulls are an active threat to basic values such as Peace, Safety, and Stability. Furthermore, the antics of their owners are a threat to Truth and Freedom: They lie like rugs and suppress everyone who does not buy into their DOGma. The government does not recognize the right of victims and complainants to legal equity. So, secondary values flow from primary values. If our primary values were respected, there would be no need for the hate.
Snark, humor, even ad homenem can have a basis in first principles. For example, when I refer to the Mickey foamers as degenerates, that is ad homenem. However, it is also true - it is self evident that the Mickey foamers lack civilized values: They are a supremacy cult that lies, cheats, and shows a complete disregard for the rights of others. They are a bunch of revolting misanthropes.
One of my other favorite topics is excessive barking. Here is an article by Your Quiet Neighbor about a successful lawsuit prosecuted against owners of 2 chronically barking dogs.
I detest chronic barking because it violates SO MANY basic principles:
- It is destructive of the PEACE.
- It prevents the surrounding community from using their private and public spaces as they see fit.
- The dog owners almost always lie about it.
- Authorities put the onus on the *complainant* to solve the problem, instead of where it belongs - ON THE DOG OWNER.
The plaintiffs in the case above finally prevailed, and yes... they deserve every penny of that $240,000.00 award. And, YES, this case was not won by default... THE JURY FOUND IN THEIR FAVOR. 240K for a full DECADE of harassment and abuse almost seems a bit small.
Coming up next... our adversaries. What do THEY value?