Date: Sun 20 Oct 2002 - 16:21:46 GMT
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> > My argument is that by insisting upon the uniqueness of every
> > performance, so that no two performances cann be deemed to be
> > tokens of a single memetic type, you undermine linguistic definition
> > generally. By such a rule, there can only be one star, one meme,
> > one frog, one tree, etc., and all the other things that slightly
> > differ from
> > sole chosen exemplar would have to get their own words. This would
> > kill off language and communication entirely. I understand your
> > desire to counter my strong token/type argument, but this desperate
> > attempt to do so throws out not only the baby with the bathwater,
> > but the whole bloodline.
> This may be so with language but not with people though !
> My stance is that each and every is an unique individual and my
> point is that everyone is entitled to be treated as such !
> My good is not yours and my wrong is not your concern, we
> are both right and even so wrong !
> The point is that we have two seperate lines of thoughts, both
> wrong and oh so right, the fact is that only one can be seen
> as true and that is the line which survives memetically...
There is still a dialectic going on between similarity and difference, so that individuals may be considered tokens of the human type. People are not so different from each other as to be nonrelational; they still resemble each other more than they do stars, or cabbages, or monkeys. People are recognizably people. And our rights and wrongs are similar, simply because we all share this common world (each of us knowing some but nowhere near all of the others with which we share it), and a common self-conscious-yet-spatiotemporally-finite, social and- language-bearing existence within that world. Our common humanity and our commom situation frames our context and discourse. That's why, extenuating circumstances aside, murder is wrong, theft is wrong, dishonesty is wrong, rape and molestation are wrong.
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