November 17, 2017
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Letters to The Ethical Spectacle

Spectacle Letters Column Guidelines. Send your comments to me at I will assume the letter is for publication. If it is not, please tell me, and I will respect that. I have gotten into the habit of leaving out full names and email addresses; I have had too many people think better of something they said fifteen years ago. If you want your name and email included, let me know. Flames, however, will be published with full name and email address.

Dear Jonathan:

I enjoyed your essay Ethics and Entropy. However despair is not the proper reaction to entropy. It's liberalization, it's freedom, it's the knowledge that our actions our behaviors our very existence is completely and totally without meaning or consequence.

Of course this is not to say that we should abandon morality and ethics. Only that we should adopt our own. Nietzsche wrote of ubermensch. The concept of a man that lives beyond the confines of social constructs. The stoics believed that correct and right living was in its own self the reward.

If you have time read Marcus Aurelius read Ecclesiastes in the Bible, and take great solace in the knowledge that your life exist in the here-and-now only and that the only consequences of your actions are those that you give to them.


Dear Jonathan:

Hi Jonathan I came across the Ethical Spectacle in the usual serendipitous way of the internet. I am reading 'In Search of Lost Time’ - into ‘The Guermantes Way’ - and when searching for something came across your article on Proust. I found it extremely readable and a really useful and interesting perspective. Will certainly help my reading. I don’t think the couple of spoilers I noticed will cruel things for me either - just enjoying it all too much.