By David Berreby, big Think:
James Taranto is a Wall Street Journal writer now internationally famous as a self-important jerk because of this tweet yesterday about the Aurora killings: “I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice.” Like most people who saw it, I thought this was an appalling sentiment. But why, exactly, does it feel so gratingly wrong? I think it’s because Taranto was violating one of modern Americans’ most sacred values: the notion that all of us are perfectly equal (especially when we need others’ help).
Moral and legal equality is vital to the way modern societies run. If you appear in the emergency room, the doctor’s duty is to treat you, not to decide that you cut your thumb with that power saw because you were drunk… Read more