At 1/16/13 09:49 PM, BumFodder wrote:
So, to continue on your argument, would you compare wanting a house to live in but not needing one to live to wanting drugs but not needing them? Thats exactly what your argument is implying.
Two things that aren't needed are not necessities. However, I never stated shelter wasn't a necessity, you're the one that brought that up.
Obviously someone with only food and water and nothing else isnt going to live a proper life because shelter is required for a proper life isnt it?
Your previous example just stated that shelter is not needed, now in this example you're stating that shelter is needed.
Are recreational drugs required for a proper life?
No, and I never claimed otherwise. Nor did I ever claim that shelter wasn't a necessity for a "proper life".
Theres more thats essential than just the basics, you can live without them but obviously for nowhere near as long or as nice. You can always prove me wrong though by selling all of your possessions except your food and water and living to the average age of death in your area.
You're really just attacking a strawman here because I never said anything about what constitutes as the necessities of life. I merely stated that most people in first world countries use/do things that aren't necessary, and so to imply drugs are bad due to not being necessary is special pleading and hypocritical.
Essentially, the special pleading argument I'm referring to is "X & Y aren't needed, X shouldn't be done due to it not being needed, but Y is fine regardless of the fact that it's also not needed".