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#ActualOberon_Command

Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

But if that isn’t just a personal issue, then it means that place really is special, but that would mean every place on Earth is special, which means nowhere is special.


I could only agree with this reasoning if "every place on Earth" was all that constituted the universe.

If it is just a personal issue each person has, then it has no meaning in the grand scheme of things.


Nothing really has meaning "in the grand scheme of things," because meaning is something that we assign to things; it is not an inherent part of their being. I am therefore not sure I see this point as sufficient grounds for downplaying the importance of "personal issues."

A place should be special because it really is special.


I was not aware that there was an objectively-correct definition of what constitutes being a "special" place.

Would you go? Why or why not?


Yes. I like the idea of contributing to the taming of a world, of transforming it and making it my own.

#1Oberon_Command

Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:21 PM

But if that isn’t just a personal issue, then it means that place really is special, but that would mean every place on Earth is special, which means nowhere is special.


I could only agree with this reasoning if "every place on Earth" was all that constituted the universe.

If it is just a personal issue each person has, then it has no meaning in the grand scheme of things.


Nothing really has meaning "in the grand scheme of things," because meaning is something that we assign to things; it is not an inherent part of their being. It is likewise with value judgements; there are no objective value judgements, because the statement "I value x" is ultimately a statement of preference. You may not choose to value attachment to ones roots, but that is your choice; your choice is no more "objective" or "correct" than the opposite choice.

Emotional attachment to places might be ultimately meaningless, but choosing to avoid it on those grounds doesn't make sense. I don't discount that there are better arguments, of course.

A place should be special because it really is special.


I was not aware that there was an objectively-correct definition of what constitutes being a "special" place.

Would you go? Why or why not?


Yes. I like the idea of contributing to the taming of a world, of transforming it and making it my own.

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