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Poetry Fishbowl Open!
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johnpalmer From: johnpalmer Date: July 2nd, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I once posited a Fundamental Theorem of Morality... that a person, having brought all of their various methods to bear on making a moral decision, having decided that X is the correct action to take, should do X.

I note that action X might not be correct, merely that the person can't be expected to do not-X, because it is, to every test conceivable by that person, the correct course of action. How could you expect a person to take a different action? Only by denying the premise that the person truly has brought all their decision-making powers to bear.

And the canonical example is, if a person (presumably after serious mind-alteration and a Buffy The Vampire Slayer marathon) decided I was a dangerous demon who must be destroyed to save the earth, I could not find moral fault with them for trying to kill me - though I'd certainly take action to prevent them, and would certainly hope others would, as well.

Which brings up the idea of the hideous demon barely trapped inside an innocent human body, with someone able to perceive the demon, and the risks. (Just don't make it Roddy Piper with a pair of sunglasses.) (Or if you do, at least give the man some gum.)




Edited at 2013-07-02 08:30 pm (UTC)
siege From: siege Date: July 2nd, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 3rd, 2013 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

See above, "The Base of the Pillar."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 3rd, 2013 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

I combined this with a couple other prompts.

I have finished the poem "The Base of the Pillar," about a religious upheaval in Mothar, which involves a chinchilla with strong magic and too many questions. I'll be pitching this to kajones_writing for barter.
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