Nature: Good?

Megan McArdle nicely skewers the Naturalistic Fallacy today, responding to an article in Reason, quoting Lew Rockwell:

Reason quoting Rockwell: “Wishing to associate with members of one’s own race,
nationality, religion, class, sex, or even political party is a natural
and normal human impulse.”

Megan: Anyone who has ever observed a two-year-old knows that lying,
stealing, and using force to bully those of slightly lesser strength
are also natural and normal human impulses. The point is, society is
supposed to encourage us to control some of our less noble desires.

The woman who cleans my house (bless her everbeloved heart) likes to use "product" on my kitchen counters. When I asked her not to, she explained that “it’s all natural.” I pointed out that belladonna, urine, and feces are all natural too, but that doesn’t mean I want them in my food.






One response to “Nature: Good?”

  1. Janet Roth Avatar

    And as our father was always happy to point out, “natural” substances ARE chemicals…