I don’t know whether it was Plato or my uncle who said virtue is its own reward. I will insist it is my uncle. This being the case, can that which is serviceable to both ill and good, be virtuous or should we consider them as being neutral.
Only a man of courage can dare rob a police station. But it takes great courage to stop a thief or a rapist. It is a brave person who will attempt to stop a robbery in progress. It is an act of bravery- even if ill-advised to throw a shoe at governor Bush ( per George Carlin).
Patriotism, they say is the last refuge of the scoundrel but so is nationalism, tribalism and racism. For how is one to be proud of something for which they have not done anything to be. Maybe those who change nationality could say they are proud of their new citizenship but I wonder whether it would be necessary.
What would be your reaction had you, after being deprived of human contact since birth, met another person? Would it be joy? Revulsion? Or anything in between?
Why are so many humans blockheads? Even the genius is to be found ignorant on something and even contemptible. Maybe intelligence is an accident. We were not meant to be intelligent. Human beings believe so many stupid things you pinch yourself and ask, do they think?
Have a restful evening, won’t you?