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Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven
Tuesday, May 31, 2005 InstaPilate responds
I sent an email to Glenn Reynolds which he deigned to respond to (so I must have touched a nerve as you will see).
Followed by me:
Everybody wants a trump card when it comes to their opinions. When discussing foriegn policy, a military vet might cite his service as giving him greater authority. Reynolds cites his sad experience in producing children as some sort of immunity from moralizing sorts like me regarding his indifference to innocent human life. (And in a strange way, states he is indifferent to what occurred to his miscarried offspring or he would have to call God a murderer.)
So in the same breath, Reynolds mentions the five miscarriages for effect while claiming they have no real meaning.
The book of Job in the Bible illustrates an interesting situation regarding suffering (which Reynolds implicitly invokes on his side to derail my criticism).
After Satan has destroyed Job's prosperity and all his children (but still blesses God), the Accuser observes that until Job is touched himself, made miserable in his flesh, it's easy for a man to praise God. He's only been indirectly hurt.
So by those standards, those of us who have horrid, chronic, and acute diseases trump everyone else when it comes to citing our misery index to deflect argument. posted by Mark Butterworth | 12:31 PM |