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Cnair posted 17 February 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtCnair by RevCasy, Candidate

in respect of the evilness of babies, i'm not really sold on that - selfishness is not per se bad or wrong. it depends on the context - the 'selfishness' of a baby flows (at first anyway) from its obliviousness to what is going on around it and its lack of comprehension that something other than itself really exists. In a world with no other people, selfishness wouldn't be good or bad, it would be neutral

Oh, I didn't mean to imply that babies are evil, though that is a rather amusing thought. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> Rather, I was attempting to point out that it isn't knowledge of the world that leads to desire, but that desire is inherent in human beings. Babies are ignorant, but have desires anyway. You see?

Also, I agree that babies are essentially neutral with regard to good or evil. One can't make moral choices when one has no knowledge of right or wrong. (As an aside, on a forum where so many people are interested in philosophy, that last sentence feels like a risky statement to me, but I'll make it anyway.)

This is getting rather off topic though isn't it? I appologize for hijacking the thread. view post


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