<b><i>"Robert G. Brown" <email@example.com></i></b> wrote:<br><blockquote class="replbq" style="border-left: 2px solid rgb(16, 16, 255); margin-left: 5px; padding-left: 5px;">Maybe we then correct again and again until we find something that<br>"works" -- isn't too costly, preserves function. We all have the right<br>to bear arms, just not strapped to our belts when we ride on planes, not<br>fully automatic weapons we have mounted to the roofs of our SUVs when we<br>drive our kids to school. We have the right to freedom of speech, but<br>not to shout fire in a theater or to express that freedom by publishing<br>photographs of children having sex with adults ("consensual" or not).<br>We have the right to liberty, but not if we use that liberty to rob, to<br>rape, to murder, to injure others. I give up MY freedom to rob, rape,<br>or murder you if I can get away with it (always possible in the state of<br>nature, and we ALWAYS live in a state of nature!) in exchange
for not<br>being robbed, raped, or murdered in exchange, and we agree to get<br>together and beat up anyone who tries to rob, rape or murder either one<br>of us (whether or not they are "stronger") because together we are<br>stronger and potentially meaner than they are.<br><br></blockquote>Upon reading certain concepts or ideas that are exceptionally rational yet heretofore unknown or misunderstood, I have a great tendency to laugh. I suppose it is a strange reaction not shared by most persons: to revere something so much that you laugh out loud, but I must say, the above truly and honestly made me laugh for sometime. And then I took a nap, not just because I had run 19 miles with my team at 6:05 pace, but also because that had sent my previously misconstrued and over idealistic concept of "freedom" for a loop and my head needed some time to mull it all over :). I must jump into the fire of a few more rants in the near future in hopes that I will learn
half as much as this.<br><br>Much thanks,<br><br>Ellis<br><br>P.S. - I hope I can contain myself someday if I have an urge to laugh upon the awe of my future wife bearing a child; I cannot imagine that one going well.<br><p>
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