Why then 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or
bad, but thinking makes it so. To me it is a prison.
Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 251
"Thoughts are neither good nor bad, they just are." Agree or disagree?
Hypothetical: Assume that pedophilia is defined as a sexual attraction to children. Assume that X is a pedophile who has never acted out his or her pedophilic thoughts, has never viewed or downloaded child pornography, but who has imagined pedophilic fantasy while masturbating in the privacy of his/her home. Is X a bad person?
Assume that ephebophilia is a sexual attraction to late teens (e.g. 15-17 year olds.) Are ephebophiles wrong or sick to have that attraction (assuming that they never act out on it in such a way that someone else is harmed)?
Throughout history, there have been times when the publishing of ideas that went against the government was illegal. John Adams passed the Alien and Sedition Act that jailed critics of the government, Woodrow Wilson passed laws jailing critics such as Eugene Debs who said that the US should not be involved in World War I and then there is the Patriot Act. Are there any circumstances under which criticism of the government should be illegal? (e.g. if the country is at war and someone is publishing articles designed to convince people to aid the enemy.)