“No argument can pry doubt from the minds of those wishing not to believe.” WJM
Exactly. Dozens of idiots commenting on these pages have engaged in what we call “insane denial.” WJM’s particular comment was directed to daveS, and if Dave wants to join their ranks, there really is nothing anyone can do to stop him. All thinking people must respond to Arthur Leff’s Grand Sez Who, and when they respond they have two and only two choices:
Choice 1: Insist on radical personal autonomy and deny the objective nature of morality.
Choice 2: Bow humbly before the obvious existence of self-evident moral truth.
There is a price for either choice. The price of Choice 1 is rationality itself. The price of Choice 2 is that last measure of freedom.
For those who opt for Choice 1, the great irony is they’ve paid a very steep price for their freedom, but they are cheated, because they are not really free. As WJM has demonstrated so admirably in these pages these last couple of weeks, unless they are truly insane, they are absolutely compelled to act as if the freedom they’ve reserved for themselves does not really exist.
A solipsist (like Learned Hand) who has reserved unto himself the right to deny the objectively binding truth of analytic statements such as simple mathematical equations (1+1=2) or the laws of thought (A=A) has achieved nothing, because even in the midst of his denial he is compelled to live his life as if his denial is false. The same is true of those who deny the objectively binding truth of morality.
They have sold their souls for a mess of pottage, and they don’t even get the pottage. How sad.