Originally posted by sh76
Okay, so I'm watching the news last night and the stories of so many people celebrating the death of this arch murderer, the one question that popped into my mind was" What made UBL a "bad" person? Surely he believed that his methods were necessary to stand up to the imperialist western behemoth and to defend his religion. Why do we blame him? Because we disagr ...[text shortened]... me isn't that essentially the same thing as saying that I have a natural right to life?
Im surprised by the persistence of this metaphysical fantasy among american posters, I supposed it is a phenomenon closely associated with the cult of the founding fathers and their statements about inalianable rights.
Truth be told, most americans have an intense hatred of Osama because the media has consistently portrayed him as the evil mastermind of worldwide terrorism, and a man of almost supernatural evil. The media thrives on the enthusiastic vilification of america's enemies, and its only natural that this would distort the views of the average american, osama is after all a simple human being and not satan reincarnated, and the same goes for Stalin, Castro, and other figures who have been vilified by the american media throughout history.
There is certainly something of a moral compass inherent to human beings, but once again, there is no reason to extrapolate from this vague sense of right and wrong that there are moral absolutes or that there are rights which exist independently from being written down in the law and enforced by the government. There is no such thing as a natural responsibility, nature grants no such thing to the living creatures which roam the earth, all responsibilities are artificial and arise out of the need for a civilized and working society.
If you have a natural responsibility not to kill me isn't that essentially the same thing as saying that I have a natural right to life?
The premise of "natural responsibility" is already highly dubious, and by postulating it as truth you are presenting the forum with a deliberately loaded question.