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Instrumental rationality

By Owen Paine on Monday March 19, 2007 11:44 PM

I'd like to note the death toll last year in our coal mines:


Coal miners die often just because corporations must exploit them to make it all worth the digging and the dying in the first place.

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David Emanuel:

I apologize for double-posting this comment. It apparently and unintentionally appears on another post somewhere. "My bad".


Let's not forget folks like me (PC Tech) and your own Michael J. Smith (Computer Programmer). Slaves to coal-powered machines. Enablers of and salesmen for corporations by definition.

Pointing fingers on high is all well and good but at the end of the day we-the-people are the fuel for plutocratic, imperial fire. Equally responsible for attendant consequences. Fanning the flames with insatiable desires.

There is, I believe, no moral high ground on such issues.

We feed the profligate, rapacious, murdering beast simply by living our energy-addicted lives.

Blood is on our hands. In fact, we're up to our necks in it.

Day-to-day it all feels so innocuous. Going through our daily motions. So normal. So innocent. So benign.

Flipping switches, driving machines, twenty-four-seven, three-sixty-five.

Entropy by any other name.

Lives and energy circling the drain.

So ordinary, so vain.

Lives and energy circling the drain.

owen p:

in this context
i have to strenuously dis agree

working at large organizations
has nothing to do with
their guidance system

where all is incorporated
how can its tenticles be avoided???

anchorite retreats ???

don't we all have
"a moral license"
to pursue
our private path to happiness ????

blaming my rapacity for exxon
is way to inclusive

my conjecture

remove the private profit motive
and coal mining
and coal firing as we know it
would both by now
be over

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