What Constitutes Humanity?
Wed, 23 May 2001 03:20:45 -0500
Strata Rose Chalup wrote:
> I AM reading literally. You were very clear.
Apparently, clear as mud to you. I said what I meant, and I meant what I said, and
it's not what you're trying to cast it to be. READ, dammit.
> It sounds like you
> think that you wrote "a life currently living must be counted worth far
> more than a life which has the potential to occur", but that is not
> what you wrote at all.
Don't interpret. If I have to make it this fucking tedious for you to understand my
point, here's my own deconstruction of this one sentence you're hanging your hat on:
"a life lived" == any amount of self-aware experience, memory, whatever.
"one which *might be lived*" == a life without the above.
There's no quantification and no value judgement inherent, there. It *does* beg the
question of when the first one is achieved, but it should be obvious that there's got
to be a point when memory starts. When's your first memory, Strata? You weren't
human before that, by my definition. Not sure you are now, though by another def.
--- language --- you are at least in the running, modulo your lack of ability to
interpret my English sentences... ;-)