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From the Wardhall Grammary: On Nature

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May. 21st, 2012 | 8:43

More from the Filthy Screed:

The Wardhall Grammary, in its inerrant truthfulness and spasmodic brilliance, offers these sage words on the subject of Nature:

‘This word is seldom used correctly, but there is widespread agreement as to its misuse. Two schools of thought are generally current: those who say that Man is a part of Nature, and those who deny it. The former frequently use the phrase human nature, meaning that their peculiar and vicious habits are to be excused because Nature is their author. The latter talk largely of preserving or protecting Nature, meaning that the plans, professions, and even the lives of their opponents are contrary to Nature and must therefore be abolished. Some adepts are sufficiently agile to belong to both schools simultaneously. For these, Nature is both a cloak of virtue for themselves and a stick with which to beat their enemies.’

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baduin

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from: baduin
date: May. 21st, 2012 20:26 (UTC)
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Very well written, as always.

However, that kind of argument works because it is true in general. A false, but persuasive argument is generally a perversion of truth, and the difference is generally quite small.

In this case:

Ad 1) Human nature certainly exist, although it is no excuse for one's misdeeds, since it is possible to rise over the negative aspects of it. However, any proposed course of action which fails to adhere to human nature will inevitably and disastrously fail.

Ad 2) Nature in the sense of global ecosystem does exist, and does need to be preserved. The neopuritans, who claim to want to preserve it, however, generally have quite different objects. As usually with Puritans, they want to tyrannize others, at the same time basking in the sense of moral superiority. And there is a lot of money in ecology.

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marycatelli

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from: marycatelli
date: May. 21st, 2012 23:19 (UTC)
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You might find C. S. Lewis's Studies in Words interesting. Particularly the chapter on "Nature."

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