Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Quickies: Okay, So He Misuses “Determinism”...

     ...but apart from that, Dystopic’s latest essay is a must-read. Just substitute “belief in control over one’s own destiny” for “determinism” wherever the latter term appears.

     There is no wider nor more important cleavage than the one between those benighted fools who believe themselves helpless pawns of Fate and those of us who know better. But of course, we here at the Irony Detection Instruments Of Tomorrow (IDIOT) R&D center must also note that the promulgators of fatalistic concepts – Dystopic mentions a couple – include some of the most arrogant and vicious persons known to history: individuals fanatically bent upon imposing their own ideas upon the world. How’s that for a kick in the head?

     Truly, there’s so much in my IDIOT folder that I could write on this subject all day. But I have a story to finish.


Dystopic said...

I corrected the error. Fortunately both you and Sarah caught it within moments.

As to the original point, the denial of Free Will on the part of the political Left is really quite disturbing. It can easily descend into nihilism, and what's the point of even living, then?

Maybe this partially explains the proliferation of anti-depressants these days.

Francis W. Porretto said...

I would venture to guess, Dys, that among those on the Left who actually know what they're about, nihilism is the point. But everyone knows how cynical I am.