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An Armed Society is a Polite Society

April 7, 2016

That’s something said by the pro gun crown, and to some extent it might be true in some areas. It assumes that manners are derived from a fear that if you trespass on your neighbors they’ll shoot you, and I’m not sure that fear is the best basis for ethics and ethical behavior. I prefer to behave politely towards other people because I think they are worthy of my consideration; their needs are as important to them as mine are to me. Purely selfish behavior is not good for any society as a whole, or to its members. I find it superior than to use fear to avoid harm, as this is a form of violence towards the other that will invite a violent response.

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