Do you think it's plausible that your meta-ethical position that leads you to adopt an paternalistic vegan political position (i.e. you would not respect the political right of another citizen to harm non-citizen animals, etc.) is incorrect?
I wouldn't say so, but that's because I think labelling it true/false correct/incorrect would be a category error
Your opinion on Singer? And vegetarianism as opposed to veganism?
Singer is convincing, but not persuasive (though he ought to be persuasive; that's our/my moral failing).I don't say this to vegetarians obv, but actually have a lot less time for them - unless they're transitioning - than meat-eaters, in most cases. Because they know what happens. They know what happens but they still won't put the animals first. That's worse.
what are you opinions on the argument that borderline personality disorder is sexist/a recycled version of hysteria/just PTSD in some ways?
STRONGLY disagree that it's sexist or PTSD (though many of the symptoms are similar). I really don't like any of the above view at *all*; there's enough grim stigma in the medical profession (and bloody everywhere else) that it's really exhausting. Doctors give up on you. I don't usually tell people I know about my diagnosis, because I think they'll judge me. Really tiring. Hysteria was a genuine phenomenon, remember. Women did exhibit those symptoms. The fact that it's in part explicable through analysis of gender norms doesn't mean it didn't exist.
Have you read The Divided Self by Laing? If not I think you would find it interesting especially part 2 and also especially chapter 5 "the inner self in the schizoid condition". Also sucks bout life but uh, you're a pretty flourishing sort of person so seems you'll rock on
wow this is particularly odd as I started exactly that book a couple of weeks ago. have been rather caught up in things since, but it's something I've been desperate to read for ages (&, somewhat inevitably, adore what I've read so far) so am dying to go back to it. thank you so much. x
Would it be right in thinking that everyone's great desire to change the world, and thus leading to ever extremer thoughts, is instantly shot down when you realise that we change the world around us every day, albeit in an infinitely, and ultimately meaningless, small way? Much like life itself?
thank you for asking, lovely! thoughtful of you. nah not at all, something unspeakable has happened, but it's far from my brain at the moment so really i'm just fine (genuinely, i don't feel upset or anything right now) x x
If you had to work as a paramedic, fire fighter or police officer which would you pick?
oooh, tough call. firefighter! (thank you for using the right terms btw i really appreciate it) i'd like to fight fire, and saving people matters a lot. it would be devastating, but so would being a paramedic. good question
Do you ever see the people from your secondary school/sixth form getting on with their lives and become filled with bitter hatred? Like, seeing old friends be perfectly fine and happy, having forgotten your existence and you're just there, non-existent. Not even a memory.
no, i adore my friends from secondary school and am not in touch with anyone from sixth form
Oh God After Virtue. Haven't read in donkey's years but 99% sure it says there are particular moral truths, then intentionally avoids showing that we can know what they are :/ also doll hospital update: taking forever to get physical copy sent but I have the PDF if you don't have it already?
hmm that's not an unreasonable criticism though not one with which i agree. you are very kind. i would just love a pdf (don't have one for some reason)