Functional Philosophy #75

(1) Sports, Collectivism, & Personal Identity (2) Belief, Action, & Moral Judgment

In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions:

00:39 - "Do you think the obsession with sports teams in America and globally is an expression of collectivism inculcated within the culture? If so, to what extent do you think this is responsible for said obsession?"

13:50 - "I'm constantly seeing people express the idea that it is wrong to judge someone based on their beliefs. Instead, that a man may only be judged for his actions. For example, it would be wrong to say that a Muslim is evil just because he believes in Islam, and that people should self-sacrifice for Allah. Rather, it would only be appropriate to judge a Muslim as being evil if he actually acted out his beliefs by murdering infidels[...] My response to this would be to point out that beliefs lead to action, and that people who poison their minds with falsehoods will inevitably be influenced by them in action. I also like to appeal to absurdity by saying something such as the following: "Hannibal Lecter is evil because he wants to murder and eat people, and he likely will, if given the opportunity. But if we strap him to a table such that he is unable to move, and therefore act out his evil beliefs, is he no longer evil?" In addition to this, I've heard Jordan Peterson say that a man's beliefs are defined by the way he acts. So, if someone doesn't act according to his stated beliefs, then he doesn't actually hold those beliefs[...] Should people be judged for their beliefs, and, if so, why? How do people's beliefs, not actions, relate to my happiness? What does belief even mean?"

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