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Mrs. Seager Responds

In my post about the deaths of Amy Seager's daughters due to a driver using a cell phone, Amy Seager herself posts a long comment, disagreeing with me. Give it a look-over, as well as my response right after her comments.

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Great reply. Though, I think you should have more deeply addressed the idea that behaviors which are scientifically proven to be dangerous should be outlawed. Driving itself is scientifically proven to be dangerous. You don't have to even be distracted to run a great risk of dying in an automobile accident. Perhaps we should ban driving period?

Wait, wait. That's not enough. No one's getting protected like that. Why, they could choke on their breakfast! Let's ban eating. It's dangerous for them to get out of bed. Getting out of bed presents me with the risk of hurting myself after I'm up, because I'm a person, and as such, am thoroughly incompetent at staying safe doing ANYTHING. Then again, staying in bed will make me fat and unhealthy, and I won't even be able to sue fast food restaurants! God dammit! Is there no justice in the world!?

There is no way to limit risks in the world, other than perhaps, everyone dying, which would defeat the point of avoiding risks/death. I CHOOSE to drive almost every day, being well aware of the risks that follow. I also CHOOSE not to live my life fearing death around every corner, because I think that seeking pleasure is more worthwhile than merely avoiding pain. I might die tomorrow, and while I certainly hope I don't, that fact doesn't keep me in a constant fear of death, tugging on the coat tail of a government official every time something scares me.

I replied stream-of-conscious style, just getting angrier with time. I didn't try and talk about the soverignty of individual rights since I doubt she'd be a sympathetic ear. Focusing on the ridiculousness her position would demand is a better tactic, if not the less honest and to-the-point one.

We'll see if she responds, if she chooses to. I particularly liked the part about "growing up." Erik, how many people do you know who can be as obstinately mature as I? Geez, I can sympathize with the loss of loved ones but I won't let social taboos prevent me from speaking my mind about something as important as this. I also refuse go uncommented how someone's personal loss is used as the catalyst for the further erosion of personal liberty.

I have to admit, I don't think I know many, (and by many, I mean any) people that are actually MORE mature than you. Of course, she's probably thinking that since you're twenty three, there's no way you can be mature. She doesn't even explain what maturity entails. As far as I can tell, it means agreeing with her.

On the topic of maturity:

"Are you even able to feel empathy for other human beings? What did your parents teach you? To only think of yourself and what is right for you as an individual? How sad. How very, very sad for you."

Misrepresenting your position and then resorting to personal attacks IS pretty mature. Maybe you do have a long way to go, Drizz.

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