I don't know if you're referring to me questioning someone else, or them questioning me. Believe me, I don't mind when people question me. It gives me an opportunity to express the way I feel, and if I do it well to give those opinions a little more validity, or at least make people think about them (at least I like to think that so don't burst my bubble). If I do a poor job, then I have to reevaluate what I'm thinking and how I want to express it.
Gascon's question: "According to whom?"
was a good one. I thought about it and I had no satisfactory answer. The only thing I could come up with was ME
, and neither of those answer could be defended very well.
I like to question how and what people believe and think. That's how I form my own opinion on certain subjects. I hopefully never do it in a way that will make another person not want to discuss things with me.
"It was once right to own other human beings. It was once wrong to believe that the earth was not the center of the universe. It was once wrong to say the word "pregnant" on television. It was once right to use racial slurs."
No, it was never right
to do those things.
Like the old adage goes: "Just because it's legal don't make it right, and just because it's right don't make it legal."
Legality and right do have a correlation, but not a perfect one. There are laws that are wrong.
Also, besides the legal aspect you mentioned what I considered to be "acceptability". Just because society deems something socially acceptable or unacceptable doesn't make those things right or wrong.
I guess the truth is I cannot explain what "right and wrong" is. I feel that our conscience plays a part in it. But, there are people who ignore their consciences. This just means they are ignoring what's right and/or wrong, not that they cannot tell the difference.
I have a dream.........his name's Hakeem.
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[This message has been edited by DREAMer (edited September 21, 2000).]