Nonexistent – Nothing unreal exists, according to Spock.
Just some things I was thinking about one day. Decided to post it to get any constructive feedback. FYI, this scale is not fully fleshed out or set in stone. Also, some things can belong to multiple descriptions. 🙂
Every Being must accept the consequences of its actions.
Meaning: every Being, any and everything alive, has the right to do what it wants but knowing that any time its actions interfere with any other being there may be consequences.
I’ll work on this draft as I see fit. Maybe add details about when who looses what rights: such as if one Being murders another Being, they would loose certain Rights. Not privileges, Rights.
I use the word Being to go beyond the narrow scope of person, country, planet, or lifeform. Meaning sentient robots, talking cows, androids, aliens, and yes, even lawyers, are all covered by these Universal Rights.
For example (sorry vegans): Earth cows do NOT have these Rights until a cow communicates to us earthly humans that it [they] do not want to be eaten [read: slaughtered] anymore. That they deserve and want the protection of these Rights. Or that we humans discover/realize that they are intelligent creatures and thereby deserving of protection.
I want the wording to be vaguely-specific. No set of rules can encompass all actions, desires, and outcomes by listing each and every combination of factors. (Talk about a Cartesian explosion!!)
I know philosophers have been wondering things for thousands of years. Does our mind think for our bodies? Do we have spirits? Do we even exist? Does anything really exist?
Whether there is a God and an afterlife, where we may be punished or even rewarded for what we do in life… or if there is Nothing. As in poof you’re gone. No more. Entropy wins. Everything freezes to Nothing.
I say to you. It doesn’t matter which is truer…. so do your best to do your best. Make Everyone as happy and comfortable as you can. This includes You. Just remember “Everything in Moderation”.
Just thinking around down here…
The degrees of goodness: helping, nurturing, caring.
The degrees of badness: murdering, harming, stopping, hindering, and annoying.
The degrees of intent: willful (deliberate), involuntary, ignorant.
The degrees of thought: premeditated, random, intentional, unintentional.
The Levels of Evil:
Willful and premeditated killing of another Being. (murder)
Willful and premeditated harming of another Being.
Directly harming another Being without intent.
Indirectly harming another Being by negligence or carelessness.
Accidentally harming another Being.
Allowing harm to come to another Being.
Allowing harm to come to oneself.
Murder is permanent death to any reasonable Being.
Level 1: This would be murder. Planning to kill another Being and then permanently stopping the life of the target Being. Or stabbing with the intent to cause harm.
Level 2: This would be unplanned murder. Such as walking in on your spouse and their lover and murdering the bejeebers out of both of them. This does not include killing a robber that is mugging you and your spouse. That is self-defense.
Level 3: This is unintentional physical harm/manslaughter. Such as fiddling with your cigarette lighter and running over (and killing) that pedestrian on the sidewalk.
Level 4: This is the purest of the unintentional physical harm. Totally unavoidable by any reasonable means, yet the other Being still dies or is hurt as a direct result of something you did. Example: Hit the baseball and the hapless Being get konked on the noggin.
Level 5: This is also referred to as the Scumbag Citizen murder. You see a blind and deaf Being walking towards a train track, and you know there is train coming that will smoosh the hapless Being within moments. Yet you turn a blind eye and do not try to help.. when you could have done something, anything to help.
The movie Enhiran (spelling?) brings up a good point. Suppose we create an android. It looks human. It can talk, move, and think like us humans. (At least enough that we can’t tell the difference just by looking and talking to it.)
The android in this movie was told to stab another human, so it started to act out that action. I ask you, the thinker, the reader, the judge: is the android about to commit a criminal action, or is it just merely a tool without rights (“just following orders”)?
I suggest to You, that if the android can be held responsible for its actions, then it is a Being and automatically has the protection of “Universal Rights for Beings”.
So then what is abortion? We all know what the act itself is. To kill a baby. An innocent baby.
A life that you started.
By whatever means, planned or unplanned, You had some role in its creation.
Even if that act was instigated by an evil act/person.
Sad, but true. Every choice in your life led up to that moment of conception. Whether you walked through the park, or drank too much at the party, or whatever. If You had made another choice, chosen another option (like you know, decided to NOT have sex), You would have been somewhere else and not gotten pregnant.
BTW, for the record, I firmly believe rape is one of the most heinous & wicked crimes one can commit against another person.
BUT, that evil act does not make the baby bad, or disgusting, or a bastard, or any other vile word you can think of.
The baby, that human, is innocent. Why would you punish that little bundle of life, of joy, for something two other humans did? It has committed no crimes, harmed no one. All that it knows is that life -until now- has been good.
If you’re arguing to the likes of “It’s her body!“.. Doesn’t that exact same logic also apply to the baby also? It has its own body. You can’t apply one level of sanity to yourself then deny another life that very same right.
You might try to rationalize that abortion is okay because the baby hasn’t been born yet. What the freakin difference does it make if the baby is inside the mother or outside? Just because the mother is removed from around the baby, the baby doesn’t suddenly become self sufficient! The child is totally helpless inside or outside.
Kind of arbitrary to declare any person has a right to live or die because they changed housing.. Don’t you think?
You might to to rationalize that abortion is okay because the baby isn’t alive yet. (Uh.. what?? Who really thinks that?) Growing, moving, reacting, laughing, and thinking. Sure seems alive to me.
Oh, “babies don’t think yet” you say..? (Science says they do.)
Is your compassion for someone limited to your estimation of their intelligence? BTW, babies do think. Try talking to your child. Yes, now. Look into its eyes. (That is, if you don’t murder it first.)
You might to to rationalize that abortion is okay because ‘the mother wasn’t planning it’.. or it’ll be ‘tough on the mother’.. or ‘the world is too tough/horrible/bad/evil’.. or that ‘she’s not ready to be a mother‘.. or that ‘she had other plans‘.. or that ‘its her body‘.. In the words of Penn & Teller, “BULLSHIT!“.
Hardly a human on this earth is prepared to take care of another new life.. at first. But we all can learn from each other and our mistakes. The world is literally getting better every year. Crime is falling, nations are rising, technology is helping everyone connect.
But all tend to manage. We live, we love, we survive.
Please don’t murder children.
They have as much right to live as we do.
There are two times that I can fully understand the need for an abortion. 1: Where the mother’s life is at stake. It’s up to her to decide the fate. 2: Where the baby will not be able to live to birth. Again, it’s the mother’s choice.
I will argue until the bitter end, beg of you, to please make the right choice. Let the baby live. Give it up for adoption if you must!
But, I am not without compassion and understanding.. I will not shame you for deciding what must be the hardest decision you will ever make. I will still be your friend.