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"The pluralistic form takes for me a stronger hold on reality than any other philosophy I know of, being essentially a social philosophy, a philosophy of 'co'"-William James
discussion question “Are there bad events in life that can never be
redeemed or ‘made good’?”
I interpret ‘bad
events’ as actions made by humans with a negative impact upon themselves or
those around them. A ‘bad event’ such as an earthquake, while disastrous, has
no controller and can therefore not have a redeemer, so I have excluded such
events from this response. I believe that bad events are classified as such due
to the negative aspects of it, whether that be its nature or its aftermath and those who it affects, regardless of if it affects hundreds
or remains self-contained. Mathematically, negatives, like other numbers, can
be pushed farther from zero (in this case: more negativity) or brought closer.
Negatives can also become positives, though it takes larger numbers,
represented here as a greater sum of positive actions or ‘good events’.
A young boy
putting gum in his sister’s hair would be a positive act, in the short term,
for him; however, his sister and his parents are affected and add up to create a sum negative siuation,
especially considering the length of the negativity. This would be a bad event,
but it is not irredeemable nor impossible to make good. The boy could do nice
things for his sister and act more respectably for his parents, eventually
coming to or surpassing the theoretical zero. In a lighthearted situation such
as this, at least compared to alternative examples, the sister may find that she
prefers a short hairstyle and the parents may find it easier to get the kids ready
in the morning. This would be an example of a bad event being made good.
school of thought, which I disagree with but is equally respectable, is that
all actions must be considered in a vacuum. Regardless of how well-behaved the
brother may be, regardless of how long he is well-behaved, and regardless of
the damage caused by the gum, the action itself is still negative and therefore
irreversible, irredeemable, impossible to make good. I believe my preference is
more optimistic and easier to work with. Christian Brooks, H3 October 3rd