Ethical Beginnings

I often assert that I am against initiating the use of force but I have never given a full explanation. It’s not that I’m into hippie peace and love (I don’t care much for other people one way or the other with the exception of certain people I meet). Neither am I a pacifist. While I don’t agree with initiating force, I also believe that if someone puts their hands on you and threatens your physical well being you have the right to send that person to the graveyard. I would go so far as to say that self is not only a right but a duty one has to the self. But from where is this right derived?

Those who are familiar with Ayn Rand’s rational objectivist philosophy know that she espoused the very view I am speaking of which is to say non aggression but full right to retaliate in the face of violence. The reason is that as a rational being man has an exclusive right to his most basic property which is his physical self. I do not have the right to punch you in the face and you do not have the right to do the same to me but if either party violates that principle the other is then within his rights to physically counter until the threat exists no more. This is because those who initiate violence will continue to do so until this method fails them. In short they must be made to lose at their own game.

Ms Rand was not the only one to espouse such views. Malcolm X’s insistence that the black commnity arm itself if the police proved either unable or unwilling to defend them was along similar philosophical lines. Malcolm even went so far as to refer to Martin Luther King’s (and Ghandi’s) philosphy of non-violence in response to violence as a criminal philosophy. The crime in this instance would be the teaching of a philosophy that would prevent individuals from defending physical attacks on the self. Whether or not self defense is an affirmative duty is debateable but it is most certainly a right and one of the most basic that exists.

To get even more basic than that a philosophy based on violence is bad because when physical strength is the final arbiter the end result is that it becomes a higher value than any other among men. It becomes a higher value than truth, justice, and any of the various freedoms. Violence, my friends, is how monkeys decide who will be their president. As cute as they are to keep around let us not follow the example of the monkeys.

My ex said I am missing the point and that threatening to send my son to her brother for a physical beating it’s not violence. “Intimidation” she corrected, and she spoke the word with such reverence as I use when I say “freedom of thought” or “dealing through mutual consent”. That is quite possibly the most disturbing response I have ever witnessed. So while I am providing my son with ideas on ethics, truth, and logic, you are busy trying to intimidate him, which is to say to make him timid, to break his spirit. I cannot support that and I never will.

Initiating unprovoked violence against a stranger is an act against society. Being violent against a blood relative is an act against common sense and the idea of family itself. This aggression cannot stand, man. Thank God your time is almost up. Oh and that idea he got about calling the cops if any of your family members put their hands on him? He got that from me :-D. Since all you seem to understand is force we can always find a bigger monkey. And by the way do you think he will ever forget that you have acted as an open enemy to him and that if you attack me that I’m absorbing hits for his sake? You were 90% of the way towards losing him already, now just yank that tooth out entirely. Have fun growing old alone. The first 18 were all yours. The rest will be all his, an mine by proxy. Try and make heads or tails of that.

Knowing you like I know you if somebody reads this and explains it to you you will probably respond by finding the server this blog resides on and hitting it with a board until it cries submit. I will take the high road and simply resolve that I never have to speak to you again, unless it is to occasionally stop by to throw kids at you. I am done with you and this is the end, two and a half years early.

10 Responses to “Ethical Beginnings”

  1. guy in the UNLV Jacket says:

    Have you tried to reason with the son and get him to do what ever he is not doing and stop pissing his gorilla off?

  2. Mexigogue says:

    I’ve already advised him not to make her mad. But I also remember how well that worked for me. When she is trying to assert dominant monkey status there really is no way out except I lucked out with divorce.

  3. HMT says:

    Mexi, I truly admire the way you are handling yourself here. There would such ease in retaliating in a similar fashion that she is.

    Stay the course my good man, your son is watching THAT more than anything you will ever speak to him.

    and if that doesn’t work she better buy a shield for all those kids about to be thrown at her.

  4. Mexigogue says:

    Right on. And when I use kids as weapons I have sense enough to not use my own.

  5. guy in the UNLV Jacket says:

    No way to stop a raging silverback when it trys to take over the monkey troop.

  6. Mexigogue says:

    HAHAHHAAHHAA! Man I just watched the pool movie “The Hustler” for the first time. Great film! I watched the Color of Money too.

  7. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    You should take Jordan to see King Kong

  8. Mexigogue says:

    Haha! It would be a rerun for him!

  9. Linny says:

    some people are simply not happy unless there is drama and conflict in their lives… my mother is a perfect example so I do understand and believe that, yes, mother’s can be abusive both mentally and physically.

    I’m 43 years old and it took me about that many years to get to the point of recovery where I’m at and can be okay with myself… I truly hope your son recovers much, much sooner.

    Just a side thought… he can emancipate himself from his mother and/or at his age, he can choose to live with you, if you have the means in which to accommodate him that is.

    I can’t believe I didn’t even come up with a funny quip… I must be slipping… or… maybe I realize this is a truly difficult time for you…

    good luck to all involved.

  10. Phelps says:

    You know why divorces are so expensive?

    They’re worth it!