Couldn’t agree more. @MillsBaker
“Our worst fears lie in anticipation” -Don Draper
Somewhat awkwardly, I was not aware that Don Draper is a fictional character from the television show Mad Men. I intend to watch that show but, as per my policy, not until it has completed filming. I credit Maxim for convincing me of its awesomeness.
On Liberty involves an impassioned defence of free speech. Mill argues that free discourse is a necessary condition for intellectual and social progress. We can never be sure, he contends, that a silenced opinion does not contain some element of the truth. He also argues that allowing people to air false opinions is productive for two reasons. First, individuals are more likely to abandon erroneous beliefs if they are engaged in an open exchange of ideas. Second, by forcing other individuals to re-examine and re-affirm their beliefs in the process of debate, these beliefs are kept from declining into mere dogma. It is not enough for Mill that one simply has an unexamined belief that happens to be true; one must understand why the belief in question is the true one.
::: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stuart_Mill :: via email (Thanks Star!) :::
Jack Nicholson shared a friendship with author-journalist Hunter S. Thompson, described in his autobiography “Kingdom of Fear” where, according to Thompson, they would exchange “bizarre” presents which resulted in a perceived assassination attempt against the actor. Thompson appeared outside his home on the night of Nicholson’s birthday, having set off a high-powered spotlight and gunfire, playing a tape of animal cries through an amplifier to awaken him. He then left a freshly-cut elk’s heart on his door as a joke before leaving when it appeared that nobody would exit the house. Following the death of Thompson in 2005, he and fellow actors Johnny Depp, John Cusack, and Sean Penn attended his private memorial service in Colorado.
I should one day hope to have such good friends.
Morality (from the Latin moralitas “manner, character, proper behavior”) is the differentiation among intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and bad (or wrong). A moral code is a system of morality (for example, according to a particular philosophy, religion, culture, etc.) and a moral is any one practice or teaching within a moral code. The adjective moral is synonymous with “good” or “right.” Immorality is the active opposition to morality (i.e. good or right), while amorality is variously defined as an unawareness of, indifference toward, or disbelief in any set of moral standards or principles.
That’s somewhat obvious but it’s good to refresh on the exact (according to wikipedia) definition.