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Monday, September 28, 2009
My 36 Principles
Niceguy Eddie's 36 Principles
This was inspired by that subhuman gasbag, Rush Limbaugh's 35 Undeniable Truths. If you've never heard of them, google it. They're basically "principles" that drive his "philosophy." (Notice the quotes?) Some are just humorous, a few are surprisingly reasonable, and a rather a few are completely ludicrous. (And not a one of them is really an "Undeniable Truth.")
But it got me thinking that I should try and draw up 35 "undeniable truths" (or principals) that sum up my life's philosophy. I ended up with 36 because IMHO, you're basically barely even a human being if you don't operate with more principles than Rush Limbaugh!
So here are mine. Just as with his the order is not important and each one is as equally true and as important as the next. These are all points that I hold as true. But for now I'll just state them simply and not elaborate. If you have any questions, or want to debate any in greater detail, just let me know. I'll always oblige. :)
1) There is no sin worse than hypocrisy.
2) As Corporate Taxes are always a portion/fraction of profit, it is mathematically impossible to tax a company into the red.
3) The separation of church and state is necessary for the protection of both. (And inherently good for all.)
4) Sustainability is inherently good. (4a - Sustainability is required for any idea to be "good".)
5) Having choices is inherently good. (Not every choice will always be a good one, however!)
6) Accurate information and data is inherently good.
7) The scientific method is inherently good.
8) In a secular society, people of goodwill will do good in accordance with their better nature, and evil people will act according to their vices. But to make an inherently good person do truly evil things, you must first make them religious. (Stolen from Christopher Hitchens.)
9) Individual freedom and liberty is inherently good.
10) There can be no crime committed without demonstrable harm. The minimum threshold of demonstrable harm is defined as the usurpation of a choice belonging to another. (And I will elaborate on my 'doctrine of choice' at a later time, for sure!)
11) Movies, music, video games, popular culture, pornography, etc… do not make people do bad things. People have choices. Hold them accountable and stop trying to ban or censor all of my favorite movies, music, video games, pornography, etc…
12) Japanese animation is superior to American animation. (And pretty much all American Television for that matter.) Addendum: Akira Kurosawa is the greatest filmmaker that ever lived. (Hey, Rush had one about the Steelers in the late 1970's being the greatest football team ever, so I can have this one!)
13) Even the most vile, evil people, books and ideas should not be banned. They should be studied, so that evil is easier to recognize. Mein Kampf should be required reading for every high school student in America – so that we are better able to identify Fascism and bigotry when it tries to disguise itself.
14) "Hate Speech" should not even be discouraged. This is the easiest way to identify the ignorant.
15) All forms of magical thinking, including religious dogma, are inherently bad.
16) All of the truths we cling to are dependent on our point of view.
17) It is not hypocrisy to judge intolerance harshly. Nor is it hypocrisy to wish someone to get a taste of their own medicine.
18) Zero-Tolerance policies are always inherently bad. (That's the only one that isn't!)
19) Fines, penalties, etc… should never be viewed as "revenue streams." The purpose of these should only ever be to discourage the behavior that leads to them. Speeding Tickets, Late Fees, etc... should never be viewed as a "good thing" by anyone, even those collecting them.
20) The purpose of the U.S. Supreme Court is to act as a counterbalance to legislative and executive power by striking down laws that are too harsh, or unnecessarily curtail our freedom. A liberal supreme court will usually do this. A conservative supreme court will almost never do this.
21) We elect presidents, we do not serve kings. Politicians answer to the people.
22) It is immoral for a business to operate at a loss. (You read it right! Let me know if you need this one explained.) ;)
23) It is immoral to make a profit without either assuming some risk or contributing some intrinsic value.
24) It is inherently immoral to accept (or pursue) a power you would not give to your rival, or to enact a restriction on them that you would not accept placed upon yourself. (And yes, this includes the [Democratic] Massachusetts State Legislature who took the power to appoint replacement senators AWAY from Governor Mitt Romney (R) when Senator Kerry (D) won the 2004 nomination, but Restored it to Governor Duval Patrick (D) upon the death of Senator Kennedy (D) just recently. The two acts, taken together, violate this BIG TIME. And no, it ain't cool.)
25) If it's bad when "they" do it, then it's bad when you do it.
26) There is wisdom in pacifism… but it won't win in a fight.
27)Criminal drug laws need only apply to substances that are (1) synthetic and (2) physically addictive. Because (1) you can't outlaw what God/nature created, only what man creates. And (2) addiction is a usurpation of choice. (See (10)) (And don't tell me about "habit forming." Snicker bars are "habit forming" for Christ's sake! I could (hypothetically) easily give up pot before I could give up Snicker bars!)
28) All rules of logic apply to all arguments. Know them, or you'll sound like an idiot to anyone who knows the difference.
29) Life is not fair, because chance is involved. All man-made systems, however, should be designed to be as fair as possible.
30) Peaceful coexistence is inherently good.
31) ALL resources are limited.
32) In business (and in many other situations in life) there are three things you can choose from: GOOD, FAST and CHEAP. The thing is: YOU CAN ONLY EVER PICK TWO!
33) You can't cheat the law of conservation of energy / first law of thermodynamics.
34) Play and fun are inherently good.
35) True competition (meaning FAIR competition) is inherently good.
36) These statements (and all others like them) are opinions, not facts. And they cannot be elevated to fact regardless of how widely they are held, or how deeply they are believed.
I'm sure there are more, but I'm feeling lazy and really only wanted to one-up Limbaugh. But if you're ever in a debate with me and want to really stick it to me, find me violating one of these principles. Either I'll be forced to concede the point, or I'll be doing some serious spin, baby! LOL!