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June 24, 2014

What is objective may not be true

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Culture is the lived, conscious and unconscious principles, animating its denizens’ actions.

Humans, as cultures, are dynamic, thus changing both organically (independent of intentional directive) and through direction e.g., through government mandate. Mandated change is generally resisted due to, and because of, habit, governments generally, and in some fashion, coerce acceptance of its mandates.

A set of axioms, like cultural principles, circumscribes possible correlations; changing axioms, if an abstraction e.g., geometry, immediately changes correlates; if the axiom’s correlate circumscribes a collection of dynamic, free-willed beings’ actions, change would be neither immediate nor homogenous.

Objectivity implies judgment criteria independent of an individual — it would seem therefore less self-interested. Subjectivity implies judgment criteria from within — seemingly self-interested, by definition.

Unfortunately, objectivity is not synonymous with “true” (“true” implies God i.e., an ought choice/action i.e., an intention) although Douglas Hoshino intimates otherwise (in a recent letter). If a culture’s animating principles were objectively true, then the culture would be an approximation of a “heaven on Earth,” for its denizens would predominantly choose actions God intended. (Note: an argument against God renders all arguments absurd.) The majority may view a fact wrongly e.g., the majority — apparently — thought slavery moral.

The preamble of the United States Constitution presupposes a rational electorate (beings whose very essence is to measure — and assimilate in judgment — the measure i.e., purpose/intention, God conveyed to His creation). Such an electorate — the Founders hope — would seek not their immediate interest, but their ought i.e., “What must I do today to become what I ought to be?”

What is to be feared? An electorate animated by: “What must I do to obtain my desire?”

Thomas J. Donegan

Moffatt Road

New Castle

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