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Sometimes I squeeze my butt cheeks when I’m in the car and pretend like I’m jumping over objects as I pass them.
A new cyborgian race has voluntarily emigrated to an artificially constructed world that orbits the Earth with the goal of furthering human/technological integration. This place becomes known as the New World, and consequently the Earth becomes the Old. The humans who remain on Earth are not interested in becoming cyborgs and therefore choose not to emigrate. The New and Old Worlds coexist peacefully. Cyborgs from the New World rarely visit the Old World because they have a Grand Map representing the Earth. It is basically a giant screen-like membrane that cloaks the entire Earth. Displayed constantly on it is a map of the Earth made up of photographs from the respective land and places. Cyborgs have traveled back and forth to the Old World over time gathering these images. Their government is interested in maintaining their connection to the Old World, while controlling how it is perceived within their own society. Social control in this way partially motivated the creation of the map. The Grand Map also serves as a unifying image that garners a sense of nationalism in the New World. It represents massive collaboration and hard work over time.
I wish the term “open-minded” had any sort of meaning or weight. Especially in political contexts, it seems to be used most frequently to reinforce one’s own ideology.
Anytime one makes a metaphysical claim (about the nature of being and the world), one implicitly endorses a set of normative claims that reflect how one should act in light of their postulation of how the world works. This truism is necessitated by the fact that voluntary human action cannot be without intentionality (this is arguable, but not really), and the projected outcome of an action is calculated based on the agent’s conception of how the world functions. Conversely, any voluntary action is evidence of the presence of a metaphysical and epistemological system whose logic has determined the character of that action, and if one posits a metaphysical system, one endorses action whose logical basis is that metaphysic. For instance, if one’s metaphysic includes a claim that causality is a an element of reality that exists in the world outside of perception, one tacitly supports the notion that, if touching fire can be shown to cause burning, and one does not wish to be burned, then one should not touch fire. Again, conversely, the agent’s decision not to touch the fire is evidence of their beliefs.