Saturday, July 30, 2005

How responsible are we?

Sitting here contemplating a few decisions regarding my life and my plans and wondering: We are all bound by personal moral issues, and I'm sure we all consider one issue to be our personal crusade, but how far does, or must, a moral issue go before we feel like we need to take action?

What I mean by that is... At what point do we consider ourselves personally involved? Are we morally involved in an international "moral scandal," if you will, like say, African genocide? Or must it be more on the homefront, like dealing with the pound that puts stray animals to sleep five blocks behind your home?

Moreover, does the saying hold true?: If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

At what point do we get involved and try to set things on the "right" path? Or maybe, at what point should we get involved?

Friday, July 22, 2005

New Members?

Can we invite people to the blog?

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Can't help getting dirty. . .

I’ve been thinking about something Lacey said last time we got together. She argued (if I remember correctly) that one shouldn’t buy furniture from a man who beats his wife. She thought we are obligated to refrain from cooperating with evil. (Well, I think I put those words in her mouth.)

I like the example. It works well since what makes this man horrible is entirely unrelated to his business. There is nothing wrong with buying furniture, so normally there would be nothing wrong with buying from this guy (unlike, say, patronizing a hit-man). The trouble is that if you buy his furniture, you are making his life a little easier, some of your money goes into his pocket, and, in some small way, you are affiliating yourself with him.

I can understand (and share) your revulsion at dealing with this guy, but I wonder if this position is realistic. Any society, any time you live with others, it seems quite likely that you cannot help dealing with people who are guilty of serious wrongdoing, from co-workers to family members to janitors or CEO’s at corporations that supply things you need.

Do you think it is possible to avoid cooperating with evil, are there some evils you’d think you can cooperate with, or have I misunderstood your position?

Monday, July 18, 2005

First Meeting!!

We met yesterday (7/21) and agreed that the first meeting should be on September 1 in James. Lacey suggested that we choose a topic close to the one for the Forum, Marriage in the 21st Century. It would help get everyone started.

Anyone got ideas for a more specific topic to start things off?