Running and gunning

Aaron got in yesterday evening, and we’ve been having a good ol’ time. I made shrimp with couscous last night, and we sat around talking most of the night.

This morning we ran an errand, and then we ran 6 miles.

Now we’re off for a Chicago-style dog to counterbalance the calories we just left on the lake front.

Tonight we’re off to a Cubs game.

Thanks for making the conversation over at the Skatje post so interesting!

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3 Responses to Running and gunning

  1. qapla says:

    Which reminded me of how I’ve had debates with theists/christians about atheists not having “morals” and I’ve often pointed to the Bill of Rights and the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as examples of atheist/secular morals.

    “A “right” is a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man’s freedom of action in a social context.” Ayn Rand – Man’s Rights

    http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=arc_ayn_rand_man_rights

    Sam Harris correctly characterizes the folly of moral relativism as follows: “No one is ever really right about what he believes; he can only point to a community of peers who believe likewise. Suicide bombing isn’t really wrong, in any absolute sense; it just seems so from the parochial perspective of Western culture.” Harris also condemns pragmatism for lacking a moral standard, noting that, from its point of view, “the notion that our beliefs might ‘correspond with reality’ is absurd. Beliefs are simply tools for making one’s way in the world.” And Harris speaks frankly to the futility of holding either of these views:

    “To lose the conviction that you can actually be right—about anything—seems a recipe for the End of Days chaos envisioned by Yeats: when “the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” I believe that relativism and pragmatism have already done much to muddle our thinking on a variety of subjects, many of which have more than a passing relevance to the survival of civilization.”

    Eschewing relativism and pragmatism, Harris subscribes to “ethical realism,” the view that

    “our statements about the world will be “true” or “false” not merely in virtue of how they function amid the welter of our other beliefs, or with reference to any culture-bound criteria, but because reality simply is a certain way, independent of our thoughts. . . . To be an ethical realist is to believe that in ethics, as in physics, there are truths waiting to be discovered—and thus we can be right or wrong in our beliefs about them.”

    ___________________________________________________________________

    Ayn Rand’s Theory of Rights: The Moral Foundation of a Free Society

    mp3/audio

    http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/audio/ayn-rand-theory-rights.asp

    full text of article in The Objective Standard magazine

    Ayn Rand’s Theory of Rights:
    The Moral Foundation of a Free Society
    http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2011-fall/ayn-rand-theory-rights.asp

    some like myself may not like the libertarian slant at the end of the article but the main points are relevant to any discussion of rights/values and moral principles

    • George W. says:

      Wow.

      Just……wow.

      On a related topic, I have often thought that making fajitas with fish is totally disgusting. I mean, I like fish- and I love fajitas- but they just don’t go together very well. Chicken fajitas are pretty good, but I tend to order the beef ones most frequently.

      Did you know that beef is not really as bad for you as you might think? If you just find a leaner cut then it really is not too bad. You should add rosemary to it though. I usually like to marinate my beef in a rosemary vinigrette overnight before cooking it. This has been proven to lessen the risk of carcinogens caused by overcooking your meat.

      I actually don’t likely need to bother, since I have a habit of cooking my red meat to a rare or medium rare. You can never be too safe though. I actually saw an episode of The Nature Of Things with David Suzuki where they talked about the cooking process of red meat and how properly marinating meat before cooking it can actually keep the protein chains from becoming degraded. This is the process that scientists now think is a major cause of cancer.

      The problem I guess with fish is that there could be higher than average mercury levels- but if you stay away from swordfish and tuna and similar fish, then the risks are relatively low. Cod would be a good choice. It grows relatively quickly and therefor has less time to soak up mercury contamination. It also tastes much better than talapia.

      Fajitas are- anyhow- a dish served traditionally with beef. The trend to avoid beef for health reasons or just to be trendy strikes me as betraying the essence of a fajita. Is a fajita really just seared meat on a tortilla with toppings? I think there is something a little more subtantial than that to a “fajita”.

      I’m glad you brought that up, qapla, that was a very good point.

  2. Nelson Rose says:

    Thanks guys. Now I’m hungry.

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