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by baldilocks

Fran Poretto is an old blog friend of mine and, while I read his many excel­lent essays, I’d like to present a sam­ple.

In the Deca­logue, we find the propo­si­tions that for many cen­turies con­sti­tuted the def­i­n­i­tion of moral /​eth­i­cal law for West­ern man:

  • Thou shalt not murder.
  • Thou shalt not com­mit adultery.
  • Thou shalt not steal.
  • Thou shalt not bear false wit­ness against thy neighbor.
  • Thou shalt not covet.

That hand­ful of pro­scrip­tions, which are also known as the Noachide Com­mand­ments, was the basis of West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion. Yes, we’ve added a few things along the way – no sex with ani­mals, no cross­ing a double-​yellow line, no wear­ing white after Labor Day or mix­ing pri­mary col­ors dur­ing day­light hours, and so forth – but those had more to do with what’s seemly or taste­ful than with what must be for­bid­den. You might not be will­ing to have din­ner with some­one who wears white after Labor Day, but you wouldn’t want to see him impris­oned or exe­cuted. (Would you?)

Our Supe­ri­ors” have dis­carded all of those pro­scrip­tions – on the basis of their claim of supe­rior moral­ity! They hold that our infe­ri­or­ity enti­tles them to do all those for­bid­den things to us…again, in the name of what they call “morality.”

You don’t think so? Have you lis­tened to any of the Left’s media fig­ures defend AntiFa? Have you heard them jus­tify delib­er­ate lying if it helps them to win power, or to put over some propo­si­tion about race, gen­der, or “cli­mate change?” Have you tot­ted up the num­ber that have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar…or in the panties of some lis­some young thing other than their wives?

This “supe­rior moral­ity” the Left claims bears no rela­tion to the moral pre­cepts on which our soci­ety is founded. That makes it dif­fi­cult to evaluate…unless, that is, you con­sider Amer­i­can soci­ety to be largely good and wor­thy of defense.

There are some opin­ions of Fran’s with which I don’t agree – this one is not among that num­ber — but he hasn’t lost his touch.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

Fran Poretto is an old blog friend of mine and, while I read his many excellent essays, I’d like to present a sample.

 In the Decalogue, we find the propositions that for many centuries constituted the definition of moral / ethical law for Western man:

  • Thou shalt not murder.
  • Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  • Thou shalt not steal.
  • Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  • Thou shalt not covet.

That handful of proscriptions, which are also known as the Noachide Commandments, was the basis of Western Civilization. Yes, we’ve added a few things along the way – no sex with animals, no crossing a double-yellow line, no wearing white after Labor Day or mixing primary colors during daylight hours, and so forth – but those had more to do with what’s seemly or tasteful than with what must be forbidden. You might not be willing to have dinner with someone who wears white after Labor Day, but you wouldn’t want to see him imprisoned or executed. (Would you?)

“Our Superiors” have discarded all of those proscriptions – on the basis of their claim of superior morality! They hold that our inferiority entitles them to do all those forbidden things to us…again, in the name of what they call “morality.”

You don’t think so? Have you listened to any of the Left’s media figures defend AntiFa? Have you heard them justify deliberate lying if it helps them to win power, or to put over some proposition about race, gender, or “climate change?” Have you totted up the number that have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar…or in the panties of some lissome young thing other than their wives?

This “superior morality” the Left claims bears no relation to the moral precepts on which our society is founded. That makes it difficult to evaluate…unless, that is, you consider American society to be largely good and worthy of defense.

There are some opinions of Fran’s with which I don’t agree – this one is not among that number — but he hasn’t lost his touch.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!