Saturday, July 28, 2007

A key idea

If someone is born with the tendency to get extremely angry, that does not mean that it is acceptable for that person to be angry, nor is it acceptable for that person to act based on their "natural" anger.

4 Comments:

Blogger Kanadjin said...

What are you trying to say?

6:40 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Mostly that any argument that uses the idea that "it's OK because it's natural" does not satisfy me - there are plenty of "natural" desires that we as human beings suppress. But what do you think it means?
And this is also me trying to resurrect Sojourn - good to know that people still visit!

6:52 PM  
Blogger The Tartski said...

So then, what is a significance of "tendency"? That some people are born (or raised) to have more anger than others?

It seems to me that most people would be harsher on someone who is always getting angry than on someone who experiences it as a one-time thing.

1:31 AM  
Blogger The Burdman said...

Hmm... perhaps your example doesn't reach me, but I would say it is okay for a person to be angry if it was their choice to be angry. I would encourage them not to become angry of course, but I would also think that it is acceptable for them to act, simply because it is their choice, not mine.

10:55 PM  

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