Saturday, September 11, 2010

The "good person test"

     I thought I would talk about the sham invented (as far as I know) by Ray Comfort and implemented by his mindless followers known as the "good person test." The con man first asks the victim if he thinks he is (currently) a good person. Of course, everybody thinks himself to be a good person. When the victim says that he does consider himself a good person, the con man asks if he can ask a few questions "to see if that's true." The first of these questions is invariably "have you ever told a lie in your whole life?" The fact is that every has lied at some point. For every person, there was a point when he didn't know any better. For that matter people can, and often do, become better people. But for these con men, it's "tell so much as one lie; never live it down."
     But the low lifes that run this scam are not content with actions that people have actually done. No, they want all their victims to see themselves as "murderers." There's a slight difficulty with this concept. Most people haven't killed anyone. But the wretches will not be deterred. They tell the lie that "anger is murder at heart." In reality, of course, the only thing that is murder at heart is attempting to murder someone. If you think about it, it is not hard to see the whole thing for the scam it is. But the whole exercise to designed to keep the victim from thinking clearly. Ray Comfor calls it "circumnavigating the intellect."

1 comment:

Lenoxus said...

I've gotten that spiel before.

What they are trying to do is an example of the continuum fallacy. They argue that we can't speak meaningfully of someone being monstrously evil and someone else being relatively good, because (if one grants that people's moral behavior is quantifiable) all people fall on a continuum… and even the best person in the world has done at least one "bad thing". (By exactly the same reasoning, there are no children, only adults; at precisely which second does the one become the other?)

They are playing this slimy game in order to justify a cosmic regime in which all crimes, including breathing, are punished with endless torture unless the citizen has identified the correct Application for Confession and Worship among thousands of close forgeries found in in dozens of different government offices, and fills it in correctly.

That this regime is fictional makes its advocates no less vile.