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All Alone

10th May 2014, 12:00 AM
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All Alone
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Giberion 10th May 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete
Had to draw this one cuz it happens to me far too often. Also the name is "All Alone" which happens to be one of my favorite Gorillaz songs. Was this intentional, Siv?
Sivolock 10th May 2014, 10:44 PM edit delete
The internet can be a cold, unfriendly place. It's dangerous to go alone. Bring a friend!

I actually had in mind "All Alone" by They Might Be Giants. But it can be a reference to whatever you want it to be! I don't believe in authorial intent, not even my own.

Gib and I had an interesting discussion about meta ethics. Gib is deeply grounded in desire satisfaction theory (even if that isn't what he calls it, but that is a whole other discussion) to the point where he thinks non-hedonistic theories are literally impossible. If people claim to follow non-happiness-driven principles, they are only following them because following those rules makes them happy. People are fundamentally selfish, and only help people if it makes them feel good about it afterwards. My current interpretation is that individual ethical systems are indeed possible, but are dependent on non-empirical assumptions and values. The hedonist and a deontologist can never convince each other about the correctness of their respective theories, as they differ on a fundamental, non-empirical level of what the basic unit of "the good" is.

It was an interesting discussion. I'm still uncertain whether knowledge is possible at all. Just my skeptical impulses, I suppose. I'm always willing to hear people out, I enjoy listening to arguments that I disagree with. It helps me challenge my own assumptions, stay critical, never take anything for granted. And that's something I take a lot of pride in. It is dangerous to surround yourself with too many people with the same beliefs. You can begin to forget the difference between what you have proved and what you have assumed. Disagreements are not necessarily destructive or zero-sum. If done tastefully and with respect, both parties can leave a debate with increased knowledge, with a better understanding not just of each other but themselves.

We're all alone. We're all alone. Behold the mystery that is me.
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