Axioms: How many do you believe?

How many people have thought through their most basic beliefs?  Beliefs so obvious that you never bother to think about them and simply reason from them as a base.  In fact rejecting them places you in an odd position leading to self-refutation, a house collapsing in on itself from internal weakness.  Let’s look at just three:

  1. There are universal truths.
  2. There is but one universal logic.
  3. Reason can be trusted.

I have had many people argue with me at various times that one or more of the foregoing are in fact false.  The most common is number one.  There is no truth (except that statement is a truth claim).

The Nazi’s argued for polylogism as a means of dehumanizing their opposition and enhancing their claims of racial superiority.  Marx argued for it between classes.  Polylogism is nothing more than attempt to make myself immune from challenge.  It permits me to silence you when I am losing the argument, you bourgeois pig.

The antithesis of three is typically found in a radical skeptic.  But what did he use to arrive at that conclusion, divine revelation? It must be because reason cannot be trusted.  Then again his reason cannot be sure it was divine revelation.  We cannot use reason to determine that reason cannot be trusted any more than we can pull our drowning body out of the water with our own hair.


Love and Gay Men

There is an article on why gay men don’t believe in love.  He lists a variety reasons, to wit, “We Still Don’t Understand ‘Happily Ever After'”, “We Don’t Have As Many Role Models” etc. There is one reason missing, an alternate explanation, which is just as likely.  Because you are both the same sex, you do not complete each other in a way that a man and a woman do.  You assume that the love that exists between two romantic partners is itself gender neutral, that there is nothing unique about the love between a man and a woman.  There are all kinds of love in the world, the love for friends, for our parents, siblings, erotic love, love for nature, love for God and so forth.  On the dark side there are all kinds of pathologies that cause love to fail narcissism, selfishness, solipsism, lack of empathy and the like.  All of these prevent a person from loving because they are focused on the self and not the person.  Self-love can be beneficial but it is also a poison leading to selfishness.  Even if you eliminate the deleterious effects of those pathologies, if your ideal for love is the love that occurs between men and women in marriage then perhaps you’re using the wrong standard.  One can pursue “marriage equality” but from first principles it will not be the same no matter how accepting the background culture is.