henry quirk wrote: ↑Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:16 am
Instinctually, invariably, unambiguously, a man knows he belongs to himself.
He doesn't reason it, doesn't work out the particulars of it in advance. He never wakens to it, never discovers it. It's not an opinion he arrives at or adopts. His self-possession, his ownness
, is essential to what and who he is; it's concrete, non-negotiable, and consistent across all circumstances.
It's real, like the beating of his heart.
A man can be leashed against his will, can be coerced into wearing the shackle, can cringe reflexively when shown the whip, can be born into subordination, but no man ever accepts being property, and -- unless worn down to a nub, made crazy through abuse and deprivation -- will always move away from the yoke when opportunity presents itself.
Not even the slaver, as he appraises man-flesh and affixes a price to it, sees himself as anything other than his own.
Take a moment or more, consider what I'm sayin' here, research the subject. Your task is simple: find a single example of a man who craves slavery, who desires to be property, not because he chooses it but because it's natural to him.
While you're at it, find a single example of fire that freezes.
I expect you'll be as successful with one as you will be the other.
(a man belongs to himself) is a fact (a true statement; one that jibes with reality).
Now, morality is all about the rightness or wrongness of a man's intent, his choices, his actions and conduct, as he interacts with, or impinges on, another. Seems to me, the validity of a morality rests solely with how well the assessment of wrongness or rightness agrees with reality, or with statements about reality.
So, a moral fact is a true statement; one that aligns with the reality of a man (not his personality, or opinion, or whims, but what is fundamental to him, ownness
Can I say slavery is wrong
is a moral fact?
To enslave a man, to make him into property, is wrong not because such a thing is distasteful, or as a matter of opinion, or because utilitarians declare it unbeneficial. Leashing a man is wrong, all the time, everywhere, because the leash violates him, violates what he is.