Sunday, June 28, 2015

On Universal Love

It's always seemed to me that universality of any kind is self-contradictory. If everybody owns everything, nobody owns anything. If you care about everybody, you don't care about anybody. If there are no distinctions between things, you can't even think any more.

Matt Bailey comes at the question from an engineering perspective. I tried to edit this down for a quibcag, but just couldn't. So here it is both ways:

A mechanic's observation on philosophy, culture, and human nature:

This "everybody love everybody!" stuff is an idea that pops up from time to time, generally in the hands of 1st century Judean mystics, hippies, and other jobless vagabonds. It has a certain emotional appeal, as well as certain political implications. However, It is as much impractical fantasy as the perpetual motion machine, and for precisely the same reason: Friction inevitably occurs. In point of fact, to work at all machines require what are called tolerances. These are NOT "the everybody hold hands and sing kum-ba-yah!" thing the flaky Left thinks of in regards to "tolerance", but quite the opposite: In machine terms that word refers to the necessary SPACE between the parts that allows them freedom to move and work, as opposed to just locking up and grinding each other to destruction. Likely this is because most people demand that their machines actually work and create rational benefits, whereas many folks apparently do not require the same of philosophies.
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Quibcag: This, I believe, is Caroline, from Fullmetal Alchemist  鋼の錬金術師, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi)

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  2. This "everybody love everybody!" stuff is an idea that pops up from time to time, generally in the hands of 1st century Judean mystics, hippies, and other jobless vagabonds.

    I think a lot of people think Jesus was more universal than he actually was. While on some level we love everyone, we are supposed to have special love toward fellow believers. Only believers are children of God, and are brothers - talk about how one should treat one's brother, when not meant literally, usually means how one treats other Christians, not humanity as a whole.

    John's dissertation on love in I John specifically talks about Christians show their faith by loving one another - it is very clear that the issue is the love Christians show for other Christians.

    Jesus also said that he brought not peach but a sword and would separate families and friends - because the truth divides those who seek it from those who deny it. Jesus really did not have the hippy-type love that many nowadays attribute to him.

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  3. First, the "Morgan Rose" comment is spam advertisement.

    Second, you got the character's name wrong on purpose just to get Vulture of Critique to link to you.

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    1. Dang. Spam deleted, but me calling Wintry Caroline was purely accidental, because:
      http://fantasticfangirls.org/?p=3308

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    2. Okay, I can see how that page would mislead any casual reader.

      I withdraw my accusation!

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  4. Tolerance - The limit to which a part can be bent or stressed until it breaks.

    Re. quibcag - Actually, that's Winry Rockbell from the same show.

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