Argonautica Holographicum (Part I)

I

Somewhere on the west coast of the United States in the near future there is a university with great renown and plenty of funding. It’s summertime and the coastline shimmers like a lit fuse. Windmill propellers are spinning far out at sea, turning gyres in the boiling air. The deep wide moat that surrounds the bay has turned the shoreline into a great waterfall, draining the ocean underneath the earth’s crust, where it will find its way out again further inland, through towering pipeworks far beyond the valley.

On a windy day the university is near enough to the sea to smell of brine. Today it smells like a fish market. Many students and faculty choose to wear their filter masks in case a yellow smog should roll in, and so aren’t bothered by the smell of rancid fish. On some of their masks there is the university logo, a yellow seal and red crest, and motto streaming across the banner: humani nihil a me alienum puto. Nothing human is alien to me.

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To Varying Degrees

 

Values are different things than their situations.

It’s a different thing to say Killing is Wrong

than it is to say Thou Shalt Not Kill.

The former is a principle, and principles never

in principle, apply to any specific situation.

Which doesn’t make killing wrong in principle

because really, it depends on the situation.

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