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Comment: "The Last Blow to Human Hegemony"

Two great comments on "Having Your Own Ethics is Lonely." First is by Roy, thought-provoking, and also, I laughed a lot at how his final sentence wraps it all up:

Hello. Your comment to Stefanie about creating your own set of values and ethic being lonely, look pretty much like the concept of the Ubermensch from Nietzsche. So I'll say that anyone following this path is on the right path to the next level of human development. And I'll go farther on this. I think that Nietzche closed the loop on human nature. Copernicus discovered that we were not the center of the world which was a blow to human hegemony. Then came Darwin stating that human was not special and we are just another can of animal. This was a second blow on human hegemony. Then came Freud stating that human is not even the master of his thoughts and impulses. Which was yet just another blow to human hegemony. And to finalize it all. Here comes Nietzche stating that there is not a single system of ethics that bind us all. No human system and certainly not heavenly system of ethic stands. Which to me is the last blow on human hegemony.

Have a nice day.

Then Ryan replies -

I disagree somewhat with Roy's comment. Humans are special, what separates us from other animals is the ability to reason. Its true that we posess animal instincts like all creatures on this planet, and so by nature, man is corrupt. I believe there are ethics that bind all people, like the persute of being happy through the possession of freedom, wich requires discipline over ones own actions, wich requires some form of ethical standards. Just because you think it, does not mean you must do it. If you have no disapline, you become a slave to others, like too much debt for instance, you feel the shame of failure when the bill arrives. But do you work to solve it, or make it worse? The point is that we all fail some time or another, but its how you deal with your failures that can make you a good or bad person.

Extremes are good

On Modern Day Rebels

"Observe, in politics, that the term extremism has become a synonym of "evil", regardless of the content of the issue (the evil is not what you are extreme about, but that you are "extreme"—i.e., consistent)" Ayn Rand

That's right. Extremes are good... at least when it comes to following your ideals. I've seen lots of people going to the gym only twice a week, not even doing a simple Google search to find out what they should do and then deciding that the gym "doesn't work" for them. I've seen the same happen with nutrition, sports and almost any type of activity I've been involved with.

When it comes to what you believe it's the right thing to do, you should commit 100% to it and go extremely hardcore. Anything less is unacceptable. If you start a diet, you do exactly what it says, for at least 6 months. If it doesn't work, then you can change your diet. But not before. If you start, for example, the paleo diet but decide that you are "just not going to be that extreme and drop grains entirely" then you are lying to yourself. If it doesn't work, you'll come up with the excuse that "the paleo diet doesn't work", when in reality you just didn't try the paleo diet at all.

There are some counterexamples to this, but as a general rule, if something taken to the extreme is bad, then the moderated version of it is probably also bad, but just less noticeable. Soft drugs are a perfect example of this. Some religions could be an example as well.

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