Friday, April 28, 2006

Excuses

Oops...that was an unintentional delay - sorry. Caused by not being able to tear ourselves away from den building, treasure trails to magnificent caves, ghost stories round the camp fire, murder in the dark, notably good pub lunches and truth or dare.

Sun-burnt, exhausted, and as usual, very much the minority of one (and briefly two when Dh popped in and came to the rescue), in the arguments about capitalism and Iraq. Ho hum...whatever happened to Peachy? He saved me last year.

Mind you, we all agreed about the two day delay being a bad idea for home education and parental responsibility for education, and have achieved what looked like complete consensus from our local groups with regard to sending letters of objection.

9 comments:

Mike said...

Look, I told that Bunker woman to represent my views. She obviously did a poor job.

Sorry to abandon you to the wolves Roxy, I know how self righteous these social democrats get when left to their own devices.

I am sure you held your own though.

Carlotta said...

Lol..well not exactly. I ran off, to be precise.

Anyhow, I still love those guys. They were SOOOO cross with me for about ten minutes and then we went back to having a fantastic time.
(I firmly believe that most of them are far more libertarian in most regards than they realise.)

Anonymous said...

In a nutshell, what were the arguments in the two camps?

D

Carlotta said...

Moral equivalences mainly. I said, for example, that killing children by mistake (collateral), is not the same as killing children intentionally. This was not appreciated.

Mike said...

Running was probably a good idea....(Knowing the people involved)

David said...

Hmm.

What is the difference, then?

Carlotta said...

Sorry David...still effectively on the run, so this may not be very considered..but I would say that the difference is not far removed from the difference, say, between taking your child out in a car on an autobahn, and deliberately dropping them off a bridge.

In matters ethical, intention is SIGNFICANT.

Anonymous said...

However, when people beat their children with the intention of 'making them good' and then, accidentally, kill them, intention seems to me to be less relevant.

It is stupidity to think that one can beat some one tiny and vulnerable and remain in control enough on every occasion to be able to guarantee not accidentally killing them.

D

Carlotta said...

I suppose morally, (as well as legally), stupidity could be classed in the category of intention and therefore would still come into the moral evaluation.

Legally, of course, ignorance is no defence. Morally, it is not necessarily so clear cut. But pig-headed stupidity, (beating children), looks difficult to excuse whichever way you cut it.