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Old 07-22-2010, 11:31 PM   #16
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I know afa that you did not want to interject god into this discussion, but I think it is inevitable.

If I knew that the world was going to end in a week, I would realize it was time to get right with god.

And I would spend many drunken days figuring out which one.

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P.S. I am pretty sure it would be Bacchus.

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Old 07-22-2010, 11:54 PM   #17
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Without repercussions there would be no sex offenders. I would have lynched their asses by now.
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:23 AM   #18
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Without repercussions there would be no sex offenders. I would have lynched their asses by now.
Wholly Krap! That is chilling! With all the chaos, despondency and despair that comes with the last 7 days before the world ends, we have to take care not to bump our heads on the feet of the hanged sex offenders decorating the trees courtesy of Happy_Terd?

You should write the sequel to Stephen King's The Stand.
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:47 AM   #19
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An interesting article on this very subject in the New York Times today: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/23/op..._r=1&th&emc=th
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It's quite an interesting article. But how far it is accurate in a world wide context ? Stated in the article:
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Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Most people think it is a gift from God
I believe this is correct if you only take the US as your basis for this article (and this is not to offend anyone, but they are just more religious than other countries). But if you go to europe and asia, the impact of god is not considered that strong and morality will be determined, for the larger part, by your upbringing.

Furthermore I must agree with FizzyWater that there is no direct tie between morality and fear of repercussions.

I think that the tie exists between morality and the comfort of the human being. Take away comfort and threathen the survival of the human individual and morals will go overboard and a more primal instinct will take control, the will to survive.
And then anything is possible
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:29 PM   #21
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Furthermore I must agree with FizzyWater that there is no direct tie between morality and fear of repercussions.
I'd have to disagree - sort of. When we are younger and being taught what is right and wrong, or what is socially acceptable and what isn't, there is often a large amount of punishment involved in the learning process. As we get older and, hopefully, the lessons begin to sink in we need less and less of the repercussions to keep us on the path, but at the beginning they are there. Whether or not they are needed or not is another question we can debate in the childhood development thread

I do agree that things would pretty rapidly break down as it became a fight for survival. Although I dont think it would much chance to evolve beyond that if we only had a week.

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Or seeking out a lover without worrying about his sexual past.
I think Mansfield is about half way between us ...
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Wholly Krap! That is chilling! With all the chaos, despondency and despair that comes with the last 7 days before the world ends, we have to take care not to bump our heads on the feet of the hanged sex offenders decorating the trees courtesy of Happy_Terd?

You should write the sequel to Stephen King's The Stand.
And all it took was 1 relative to be raped for me to start thinking this way...amazing.
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I think Mansfield is about half way between us ...


I'll keep that in mind when we get the end-of-the-world-is-near warning!

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And all it took was 1 relative to be raped for me to start thinking this way...amazing.
I, thankfully, do not know anyone that has had that happen to, but I'll gladly help you out H_T. You don't mind if I use a gun though do you? It is quicker, cheaper, and it is a lot easier to carry around a case of ammo than several hundred feet of rope.
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I'll keep that in mind when we get the end-of-the-world-is-near warning!

Cool. I'm available for bad weather too
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Sorry guys...I guess I shouldnt get this heated.

I just get upset about the whole sex offender thing because it scares the shit out of me as a parent. Type in the meghan's list and look at how many offenders are in every neighborhood in every town in every city in every state...
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If fear of repercussions are at the core of moral, then there is no moral - only fear of repercussions.
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If fear of repercussions are at the core of moral, then there is no moral - only fear of repercussions.
Nicely stated.

Without repercussions I would like to believe that there would still be morals. A lot more crime and a lot more "private Justice" also.
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And all it took was 1 relative to be raped for me to start thinking this way...amazing.
Hey, have fun. Just be mindful of others. We gotta share these last 7 days too.
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Oh...I'd be having fun.
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