In the discussion thread: A Very Brief Return- for those resolving to be a "better person" in 2013. The Golden Rule. [View all]
Response to coti (Reply #12)
Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:16 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
13. what is the validity of the social contract where rupert murdoch rules?
and how are the sheriff's actions the result of his own will, when his job and livelihood depend on him acting in accordance with rupert murdoch's will (indirectly and admittedly mostly unconsciously)?
and why is the sheriff only responsible for his job function as mindless 'muscle' & only the judge is responsible for his job function as 'mind,' when without the sheriff, the judge's decision would be meaningless? surely both the judge & sheriff are not only disembodied muscle or mind, but moral actors and human beings as well?
following your line of thinking means prohibiting resistance in the places where we are most likely to meet 'power' face to face, since every level up the hierarchy is protected by more & more insulation from the people affected. it also seems to prohibit any physical resistance & limits resistance to parading around the offices of power with signs -- as we generally aren't allowed to get much closer than that.
going a bit further, when the rupert murdochs of the world effectively structure the shape of most human interactions, but don't follow the golden rule in their own, that has ramifications all down the chain of command too -- a kind of corruption that permeates every level -- and people's behavior will change in recognition of *reality,* despite residual desires to be 'better people' or moral exhortations to follow the golden rule. it seems to me.
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