[Milton-L] obedience to your creator

Bryson, Michael E michael.bryson at csun.edu
Thu Apr 10 14:49:20 EDT 2014

Milgram Experiment Dissenters: "You can't make me do that! It is morally wrong to inflict that kind of pain on a human being. I'm leaving."

Abdiel: "You can't make me do that! The King will get mad, and will punish us by inflicting pain. I'm leaving."

Michael Bryson
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] obedience to your creator

JD Fleming:

But a few spoke out: stood up and said: I don't care who you are or what you say or what this is--you guys can't do that.

Abdiel is one of the few. JDF


Abdiel is a fictional character, like Elizabeth Bennett or The Lone Ranger. And (in the context of the fiction)  it doesn't take much courage on his part to "stand up," since as he himself notes, those not "standing up" are going to end up in a very unpleasant place: that is the point of his making Power his ultimate argument.

It has not always been clear in this thread whether the interest is in correctly construing a fiction or in asserting some ontological truth.


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