Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
Kenneth
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Thoughts and Ideas

Hamlet:
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



Poll #1817800 Think About It

"Thoughts are neither good nor bad, they just are." Agree or disagree?

I agree
17(40.5%)
I disagree. A thought can be good or bad
19(45.2%)
I'm not sure
5(11.9%)
Something else (please tell us what in a comment)
1(2.4%)

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?

Yes. Just being a pedophile is wrong, whether or not one acts on the thoughts
2(4.8%)
X isn't a bad person, but is a sick person who needs to be cured of an illness.
13(31.0%)
No, as long as X never acts in a way that hurts anyone else, X is nether wrong nor sick for having these thoughts.
18(42.9%)
I'm not sure.
7(16.7%)
Something else.(please tell us what in a comment)
2(4.8%)

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)?

Yes, this is wrong or sick.
2(4.8%)
This is just wrong, but not a sickness.
5(11.9%)
This is not wrong, but it is a mental illness.
2(4.8%)
No.
14(33.3%)
Not only is this not wrong, this is probably normal in a large segment of the population.
12(28.6%)
I'm not sure
5(11.9%)
Something else (please tell us what in a comment)
2(4.8%)

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.)

Yes
3(7.3%)
No
32(78.0%)
I'm not sure
5(12.2%)
Something else (please tell us what in a comment)
1(2.4%)
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