Re: July 8 letter “Taking on a life of its own.”
The reader’s argument rests on his definition of a human being: rational, moral, relational, possess free will. Despite the claimed support from dictionaries and philosophical texts, this definition of a human being is fatally flawed due to it being entirely subjective.
For example, culture can easily bear on what may be judged rational, moral and properly relational. Additionally there are a number of philosophical and religious belief systems that deny that free will even exists.
This definition of a human being is also easily used by the strong to disadvantage the weak. For example, at various times it’s been asserted that African Americans and Jews (among others) lack one or more of these characteristics in order to justify subsequent barbarous treatment.
Sorry, sir, your definition (and thus whole argument) is unsatisfactory. Try again? kirk StrozewSki