11 February 2008

"Death in childbirth is natural; so is rape."

Quoting Megan McArdle regarding some of the dunderheaded arguments regarding diet. That quote isn't about diet, obviously, rather it's about the silly use of the word 'natural' as synonym for 'good'.

Our nature is brutal, our natural habitat is hostile to our existence. Luckily we have our 'artifice' to save us from all this aggressive nature.

Artifice used to be a good word not long ago. Damn romantics and their moony love for pastoralism.

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