Continuing my response to Johnathan Haidt’s Moral survey…
13. I believe that one of the most important values to teach children is to have respect for authority
This is a legitimate question without subtext. I happen to disagree with it, but at least it’s legit. Children should not only be taught to question authority, they should question the structure that perpetuates authority.
14. It makes me happy when people are recognized on their merits
dot dot dot … Let’s not retread in the nonsensical space that is meritocracy. Next…
15. I think people should be rewarded in proportion to what they contribute
smh … Next…
16. It upsets me when people use foul language like it is nothing
Sadly, this is another legitimate question. Language is language. If someone feels that some language is out of bounds—and this as well extends to the proponents of PC speech—then this is more a reflection of their repression than anything more. Liam Gallagher FTW
17. Our society would have fewer problems if people had the same income
Not another money-based economy question. I’ll leave it at ‘Our society would have fewer problems is people had no necessity for income’.
18. It pains me when I see someone ignoring the needs of another human being
I suppose it does, but given the ubiquity of this as well as the contrary situation, what’s one to do. On balance, this can either be a disconnected or misguided government or an apathetic person. Needs is a weasel word, but I’ll let it slide.
19. It upsets me when people have no loyalty to their country
Eyeroll, please. TF is loyalty anyway? And where’s the reciprocity? I think I’m on to something. Obviously, someone who fetishises a country has pathological issues. I’m not sure what the scale differential is between country fetishists and sports fans, but I’ll move along. Now you know what does upset me.
20. I am empathetic toward those people who have suffered in their lives
Sure. Sympathetic, perhaps even compassionate. Another vapid question. Each of these is contingent on what suffering is perceived.
21. Everyone should love their own community
Define community. Define love. Should? Is this my imposition? Everyone? What is this sorcery? Next…
22. I believe that compassion for those who are suffering is one of the most crucial virtues
Here we go with virtues again—more tripe about relative goodness and badness. Translation: I believe that being good is good. According to Google, compassion is sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others; sympathy is feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune; pity is the feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others; therefore, compassion is [feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune] [with the feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others] and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. This is some recursive word salad if I’ve even seen it.
23. We should all care for people who are in emotional pain
More shoulds and alls and care and pain with a dash of emotional.
Maybe I'm too emotional* But your apathy is like a wound in salt Maybe I'm too emotional Or maybe you never cared at all Maybe I'm too emotional Your apathy is like a wound in salt Maybe I'm too emotional Or maybe you never cared at all
24. I think having a strong leader is good for society
I think that having a strong leader is good in some cases…for some members of society. As with benevolent dictators, leaders can be beneficial, if there is a common cause. Oftentimes, the common cause is a contrived narrative, leading in a direction, which may or may not resolve in a better place for some—never all, and what about the rest? This is a role of society.
* Good 4 You — Daniel Leonard Nigro / Olivia Rodrigo / Hayley Williams / Josh Farro