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Well THAT'S better [Jul. 22nd, 2008|11:06 am]
Zoethe
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Finally feeling human again. Even if it took getting up this morning, working a little while, and then collapsing for an hour's nap. It was quite strange: I can only describe it as my body shaking off the last of the sickness like a dog shaking water from its fur. Now all I have is that post-illness, quiet feeling. The one that says, don't get all carried away, bucko, and you'll be fine.

I had a strange dream last night. Actually, most of the dream was the standard sort of "aliens invading the world, try to find someplace safe to hide." fare. But all my allies were strangers to me, a group of doubters in a world otherwise enthusiastically welcoming the aliens. And the first place we found to hide was discovered by other humans whose eyes were opened by the actual raid. But when I found a second, more secure hiding place, I was determined only to share it with the original group and to leave the late arrivals to their fate. I thought they were stupid and didn't deserve to be saved.

This seems a rather strange attitude for someone who fashions herself compassionate toward the underprivileged. And yet when I think about it, it's not really contradictory. I am concerned with the growing education gap. I think it is the job of society to do what it can to give people an opportunity to get on the playing field, even though it will never be level. I believe that regulation is necessary to prevent upstream producers from dumping their cost of doing business on the little guy downstream.

But once people have the same information and the ability to process it, if they are going to continue being stupid and ignoring consequences, well then my compassion dries up and they're on their own.

You can believe in both social and personal responsibility. If one accepts that, then we are just discussing matters of degree.

(Yeah, that kind of rambled all over the place. Blame it on post-infirmity brain.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 12:34 pm (UTC)
True, but I was speaking of a different kind of transparency and so, I believe, was she.
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[User Picture]From: uplinktruck
2008-07-23 01:27 pm (UTC)
Okay, I missed it. What kind of transparency do you have in mind?
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[User Picture]From: bustylis
2008-07-23 02:53 pm (UTC)
Well, if a company is engaging in something I consider inethical (insider trading, using child labor, polluting a water supply), how am I supposed to know so I can refuse to buy their products (and tell everyone else to)?
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[User Picture]From: bustylis
2008-07-23 02:55 pm (UTC)
And, on another tangent, I still feel wary about letting any company decide whether it's product is 'good enough' for human consumption. It's one thing if your digital camera has a crappy battery life; it's another when your car's airbags don't deploy like they should.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 05:45 pm (UTC)
Transparency of business practices such as waste disposal. But we're calling a truce on this for now!
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