I was doing the dishes and being thoroughly annoyed with my ear when I remembered something Carl Sagan said. “The simplest thought, like the concept of the number one, has an elaborate logical underpinning.”
I remember thinking before that 1 is not really that simple a thing to think about. It has, as Sagan immediately said, “an elaborate logical underpinning”. It’s not just any number or digit, it’s the “first” one (not counting the zeroth one), it’s a digit that shows up approximately 10% of the time in numbers but probably much more than that in real life.
I wondered if it would make sense to suggest that, for example, fifty-eight quadrillion, four hundred and sixteen trillion, seven hundred and ninety-one billion, one hundred and seventy million, four hundred and eighty-two thousand, thirty-three (58416791170482033) was a simpler thought, since it has no real purpose that I’m aware of. It’s just an apparently random number composed of several digits in a particular order that possibly has never been typed out or said or maybe even thought about before.
That made me think about uniqueness. Like, I’m guessing it’s not very likely that the sentence “Your noodle, my servant, has dropped lengthwise into the speaker and now must be cooked in gum.” has ever been typed out or said or thought about either. But if you inserted random numbers into a random sentence (“Your fifty-eight quadrillion, four hundred and sixteen trillion, seven hundred and ninety-one billion, one hundred and seventy million, four hundred and eighty-two thousand, thirty-three noodles, my servant, have dropped lengthwise into the speaker and now must be cooked in gum.”), you’d get something that is… exactly as unique. Uniqueness isn’t a measurement, a thing is either unique or isn’t.
Hm. I forgot the point I was making.
Master Mint Chip hid by the cone shop, looking around to be precicely certain that his pursuer was not there; he was excreamly afraid.
I had a dream about ants.
In particular, I lived in some unfamiliar place, and there was a little nook with a bunch of ants. Importantly, I saw a really big fat one that could only be the queen, and I endeavored to kill them. I went away to get something to pour on them, but when I came back I found all these food-like structures, In particular, I remember seeing what looked like a giant Hot Ch**to and a mound of white and pastel color, and notably these structures looked like they were actually made out Hot Ch**to bits and cream/candy respectively.
In-dream, I knew that the ants had constructed these structures in the same manner as bees make honey and honey structures, only instead of pollen and nectar the ants used actual human food ingredients. It was extremely interesting to me.
It brought to mind, upon waking, the idea I had some time ago about “blood bees”, who used blood instead of nectar to make red honey.
I was reading an article regarding a college student who claimed and likely had been raped by another student and I ended up thinking about capital punishment for some reason.
Let me back up a bit. First of all, “but as concerning justice, what is it?” I don’t have a good answer, but I know it is not vengeance or punishment. Presumably, justice would be an equalizing of states which had previously been made unequal in some way. Like, for instance, one person with value 5 steals from another person with value 5, tipping the scale to 6 and 4. Justice would be for the scale to be put back to 5 and 5, or perhaps 6 and 6. But this doesn’t make a lot of practical sense in reality, because contrary to what people say, all men (and women and whatever else) are not created equal. They certainly aren’t born equal and they don’t grow equal, but I think I covered this already elsewhere. Anyway, so we can’t implement a working communist state and we cannot make things right between a felon and a victim.
So what about the next best thing? Why don’t we just get rid of all the bad people? When I say “bad people”, in this specific case, I mean the murderers and rapists and corrupt politicians. Here, I don’t see capital punishment as being that unconscionable. Justice cannot be done. You cannot undo the worst crimes. And here, “capital punishment”, at least as far as I’m concerned, is not done with any actual punishment in mind. Rather, it is simply a means of ridding the world of a little bit of suck. In theory, the worst criminals can be made a little less worse, perhaps even vaguely decent human beings, though I doubt it since most human beings aren’t decent human beings.
The main problem with the death sentence is that we are not always certain that the accused criminal is in fact guilty. This is one of those big issues with our justice system, and really the biggest reason not to have capital punishment in my opinion. Sometimes, and probably often, incarcerated people are innocent of the crime they were accused of, maybe due to racism or other prejudices, and they obviously don’t deserve the death sentence.
So we need better ways of finding guilt before I would actually advocate capital punishment. But by the time we reach that stage of whatever, we may have also reached the stage at which we can actually mess with people’s brains without repercussions, at which point we might as well just “fix” the bad people.