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On morals, ethics, religion and whatnot

26 November 2012, 09:00

Hey everyone! Gather round, I would like to share a story about who I am and I have learned in my admittedly short lifetime, all I ask is that you read the entire article, before commenting, and I appreciate any critique.

I took an IQ test, in the 8th grade without preparing for it at all, it was spur-of-the-moment, I knew about it about an hour ahead of time and didn't do any research or anything. I scored higher on it than the average person using it to apply for university in my area.

Just as we were leaving for the day, I saw the person marking the tests load up some boxes into his car and, after helping out and chatting a bit, managed to convince him to show my test. It revealed that I am in the 99.9th percentile for IQ. This is the highest result the test I was given reaches; anything further and they'd consider it to be within the margin of error for that test.

Met my mother's boyfriend about 8 years ago, he is an aerospace engineer who graduated RAU. At the age of 15, I understood physics better than him, and I owe very little of it to him, as he would rarely give me a decent explanation of anything, just tell me that my ideas were wrong and become aggravated with me for not quite understanding thermodynamics. He's not particularly successful as an engineer, but I've met lots of other engineers who aren't as good as me at physics, so I'm guessing that's not just a result of him being bad at it.

You probably think that a 17 year old cannot have a grasp of engineering, but I do. I don't have a degree, and other than physics I don't have a better understanding of any aspect of engineering than any actual engineer, but I have lots of ingenuity for inventing new things. For example, I independently invented regenerative brakes before finding out what they were, and I was only seven or eight years old when I started inventing wireless electricity solutions, my first idea being to use a powerful infrared laser to transmit energy; admittedly not the best plan.

And I have independently thought of basically every branch of philosophy I've come across. Every question of existentialism which I've seen discussed in Calvin & Hobbes, SMBC or xkcd or anywhere else, the thoughts haven't been new to me. Philosophy has pretty much gotten trivial for me; I've considered taking a philosophy course just to see how easy it is.

This is why I believe that I understand Psychology better than people with degrees. Unlike engineering, there's no aspect of psychology which I don't have a very good understanding of. I can debunk many of even Sigmund Freud's theories.

Is it possible that a young person such as myself, be able to be a good enough writer? Well, not to brag, but I'm writing a book and so far everybody who's read any of it has said it was really good and plausible to expect to have published. And that's not just, like, me and family members, that includes strangers on the Internet. I've heard zero negative appraisal of it so far; people have critiqued it, but not insulted it.

“Crazy” might be a good way to describe me, but I don’t pretend to be anything else and I don't know if that will suffice as evidence that I'm intelligent. I'm done with it, though, because I'd rather defend my maturity, since that is what most people seem to be fixated on. The following are some examples of my morals and ethical code.

But anyways, I firmly believe that everybody deserves a future. If we were to capture Hitler at the end of WWII, I would be against executing him. In fact, if we had any way of rehabilitating him and knowing that he wasn't just faking it, I'd even support the concept of letting him go free. This is essentially because I think that whoever you are in the present is a separate entity from who you were in the past and who you are in the future, and while your present self should take responsibility for your past self's actions, it shouldn't be punished for them simply for the sake of punishment, especially if the present self regrets the actions of the past self and feels genuine guilt about them.

Here’s no-one I would judge, people are free to base on their personal choices, as long as those personal choices aren't harming others. I don't have any issue with any type of sexuality whatsoever (short of physically acting out necrophilia, pedophilia, or other acts which have a harmful effect on others - but I don't care what a person's fantasies consist of, as long as they recognize the difference between reality and fiction and can separate them). I don't have any issue with anybody over what type of music they listen to, or clothes they wear, etc. I know that's not really an impressive moral, but it's unfortunately rare; a great many people, especially those my age, are judgmental about these things.

My goal is to love everyone, even people I hate. I wish my worst enemies good fortune and happiness. Julius Malema is a vile, piece of human excrement, deserving of zero respect, but I wish for him to change for the better and live the best life possible. I wish this for everyone.

Number of times I managed to contain my emotions and not lash out is quite high, however, I consider myself pretty much a pacifist. I've taken a broken nose without fighting back or seeking retribution, because the guy stopped punching after that. The only time I'll fight back is if 1) the person attacking me shows no signs of stopping and 2) if I don't attack, I'll come out worse than the other person will if I do. In other words, if fighting someone is going to end up being more harmful to them than just letting them go will be to me, I don't fight back. I've therefore never had a reason to fight back against anyone in anything serious, because my ability to take pain has so far made it so that I'm never in a situation where I'll be worse off after a fight. If I'm not going to get any hospitalising injuries, I really don't care.

So, basically, the only exception is if someone is going after my life. Even then, I'll do the minimum amount of harm to them that I possibly can in protecting myself. If someone points a gun at me and I can get out of it without harming them, I'd prefer to do that over killing them.

Call me a feminist. I don't believe in enforced or uniform gender roles; they may happen naturally, but they should never be coerced into happening unnaturally. As in, the societal pressure for gender roles should really go, even if it'll turn out that the majority of relationships continue operating the same way of their own accord. I treat women with the same outlook; because there are multiple women out there and each have different personalities just like there are multiple men out there and each with different personalities. I don't think you do much of anything except scare off the awesome women out there by going on and on about the ones who aren't awesome.

Me and religion have always walked quite the rocky road together, let me give you an example what once happened to me a few years ago. My Bible study teacher (a person I loathed with all my heart) once gave us an assignment. She told us to draw God. And she singled me out to come to the front of the class. She handed me a pen and an A4 paper. I replied almost immediately: "Here's your pen, I won't be needing that. And here's your God"...I gave her the paper back. An empty paper. A few people shouted abuse at me. The teacher was in shock. I stood up for what I believe in. I didn't put my tail between my legs and walked away.

Maybe it was a bit harsh on my side, but I will never back down if anyone questions my morals and ethics, oddly enough, I was later challenged by a few people about that "incident", then I asked them to draw God. Surprise, surprise, no one really knew what to draw.

Thanks for listening to my rambles and once again, remember to offer critique and don’t forget to read every word at the start of each paragraph.

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