Strawman.Veritas Aequitas wrote: ↑Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:59 amThat I preached the acceptance of people being killed by mosquitoes?TimeSeeker wrote: ↑Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:17 amI can't offer the principle of charity when what you preach is IMMORAL! What you preach is HARMFUL TO HUMANS.
It's a trolley problem! You preach to save 10 people wile letting 100 die from PREVENTABLE DISEASES!
Your ACTIONS are a NETT NEGATIVE of 90 HUMAN LIVES!!!
You preach that premeditated death (terrorism, murder) is somehow and somewhy worse than 'natural' death ( http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheet ... s-of-death ).
You teach people to ignore the proportion and scale of real-world problems in relation to one another. You steal people’s attention away from the big issues with fear-mongering even though death-by-terrorist is a few orders of magnitude less likely than a heart attack.
Because people are more scared of terrorism than 'natural causes of death' governments put far more focus on fighting terror (WAR!) than investing in science & medicine; or tackling the prevalent causes of death. You know - things which actually move the needle on SAVING HUMAN LIVES!
Democracy, baby! The WILL of the (fearful) people. People who think like you are the very reason why we have to deal with the on-going security theater: the practice of investing in countermeasures intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to achieve it. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_theater )
EXACTLY! I am trying to point out your ignorance, but the notion of opportunity cost is foreign to you. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opportunity_cost - that is why you keep ignoring the elephant in the room.
The PURPOSE of terrorism is not death. The PURPOSE of terrorism is mass-hysteria and over-reaction. So you are doing EXACTLY what the terrorists want you to do
You fail to draw a distinction between PERCEIVED risk vs ACTUAL risk: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/ ... isk_2.html
All you need to do in order to cure yourself of such ignorance is to abandon Kantian ethics in favour of consequentialism. Then you might actually start paying attention to the things that pose real, actual danger TO US and TO YOU.We over-react to intentional actions, and under-react to accidents, abstract events, and natural phenomena.
That's why we worry more about anthrax (with an annual death toll of roughly zero) than influenza (with an annual death toll of a quarter-million to a half-million people). Influenza is a natural accident, anthrax is an intentional action, and the smallest action captures our attention in a way that the largest accident doesn't. If two airplanes had been hit by lightning and crashed into a New York skyscraper, few of us would be able to name the date on which it happened.