Tuesday, February 14, 2012 1:05:30 PM
But man has almost constant occasion for the help of his brethren, and it is in vain for him to expect it from their benevolence only. He will be more likely to prevail if he can interest their self-love in his favour, and shew them that it is for their own advantage to do for him what he requires of them. Whoever offers to another a bargain of any kind, proposes to do this. Give me that which I want, and you shall have this which you want, is the meaning of every such offer; and it is in this manner that we obtain from one another the far greater part of those good offices which we stand in need of. It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:41:20 AM
Cajun: Not ad hominem, he believes he's morally superior to God.
"You sharpen the human appetite to the point where it can split atoms with its desire; you build egos the size of cathedrals; fiber-optically connect the world to every eager impulse; grease even the dullest dreams with these dollar-green, gold-plated fantasies, until every human becomes an aspiring emperor, becomes his own God... and where can you go from there?"
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 2:50:11 AM
3) I certainly do apply human rules to alleged gods. If they exist, they might be able to compel my obedience through force. If they want my respect, they must earn it. They do not do so by being petulant psychotic mass-murdering nutjobs who make the most unstable drug-crazed gang leader look like a paragon of virtue. *i hope this works*
So, for every breath you take, and for blink you make, or when you sleep, your body works even though the brain is resting, this isn't enough of a reason to respect a god? That, if you commit a sin, you still have a chance to redeem yourself, and if you do it in private, it isn`t exposed? That is not enough?