Friday, 27 August 2010

Morning Scepticism: Values

Groups in some way are self-defined by the values they profess to. It's easy to think of examples, in politics say the commitment towards civil liberties. But where this thinking goes astray is when the out-group is defined by what the in-group is not. So if you're against a group that professes child welfare, you must be against child welfare. We're holy, they're unholy. We are rational, they are irrational. The egregious abuse is the hijacking of elements of the human condition as being a product of the group, rather than the group recognising their values are shaped by the human condition.

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