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About Me

I am a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, and really like the world that George Martin has crafted. This description says what you need to know about me.

MORALITY AND ETHICS

With regards to morality, I believe in Moral Universialism. This is the belief that "... there is a universal ethic which applies to all people, regardless of culture, race, sex, religion, nationality, sexuality or other distinguishing feature, and all the time. A universal ethic is a moral system that applies universally to all of humanity, and thus transcends culture and personal whim. The source or justification of this system is variously claimed to be human nature, a shared vulnerability to suffering, [or] the demands of universal reason".  

I also believe in Moral Absolutism, which is the belief that " there are absolute standards against which moral questions can be judged, and that certain actions are right or wrong, regardless of the context of the act. Thus, actions are inherently moral or immoral, regardless of the beliefs and goals of the individual, society or culture that engages in the actions. It holds that morals are inherent in the laws of the universe, the nature of humanity, the will of God or some other fundamental source." 

Additionally, I believe in John Locke's Laws of Nature. His Law of Nature is that humans have no right to harm the lives, liberties, or properties of their fellow humans unless as punishment for crimes they specifically committed. Anyone who does this is an enemy of humankind and must be punished.

Put these three ideas together, and the result is that I refuse to tolerate or excuse when a character in real life or in fiction commits an act of barbarism. I don't care that Genghis Khan lived in the middle ages, I don't care that Boudicca's daughters were hurt by two Roman soldiers, and I don't care that Æthelred Wessex wanted to drive the Norsemen out of England: murdering innocent civilians is Objectively Evil for any reason in any year, and those who partake in it or similar acts are Enemies Of Humanity who deserve to hang from a noose and burn in Hell. 

The simple fact is that Ethics are what make us Human. If we don't hold everyone to them at all times, than they mean nothing. And without ethics, humans are no higher than animals. Human Rights are not luxuries for Soft Times; they are self-evident from the dawn of time or they mean nothing at all. 

CONTROVERSIAL ASOIAF OPINIONS

There are some areas where my beliefs regarding the ASOIAF series differ from those of the general fanbase and/or vocal minority. To avoid confusion, I will state them here in frank terms. These are my opinions and I thought long and hard about all of them.

Rhaegar Raped Lyanna - This is one that very few would agree with me on, but it is still a conclusion I came to with careful analysis and I stand by it. Basically I believe that Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna against her will, imprisoned her against her will, callously sexually assaulted her, and forced her to bare his son. I think Rhaegar was prophecy-mad, and also regular-mad, and therefore was willing to rape and kill in order to produce his prophecy child. 

It would have been Selfish, Criminally Negligent, and Wildly Irresponsible for Rhaegar and Lyanna to Elope - This might seem a moot point given the above point, but I feel it is still worth mentioning. In essence, I believe that if Rhaegar and Lyanna ran away together than they would both be responsible for all the death in Robert's Rebellion. Even if there wasn't a rebellion, there'd still be a civil war later down the road when Ageon refuses to let his Ice-and-Fire bastard brother attempt to steal his birthright.

Robert did NOT Rape Cersei - I find it impossible to believe that Robert raped Cersei. She makes an accusation in one chapter, fifteen years later, after it's been made clear that she is mentally unstable. Furthermore, GRRM constantly stated that Cersei is a bad person and Robert is a good person, so it would make no sense for him to write a scene with the intent of us despising the latter and sympathizing with the former. Especially after making it impossible to feel sympathy for Cersei by having her commit numerous counts of murder. Sorry, I'm not convinced. On other character backs up Cersei's claim, none of Robert's other lovers claim to have been sexually assaulted by him, Robert gives no indication of being aroused by the suffering of others, and Cersei is very unreliable.

Tyrion did NOT rape Tysha/Tywin Molested Tyrion - In the story, Tywin reacts to his son marrying a peasant girl by having his guards gang-rape the girl and then forcing his son to go last. Tyrion was 13 at the time, had just seen Tywin prove himself capable of harming others, had 0 power over the situation, and for years afterwards showed severe signs of PTSD. How anyone can think he could possibly have consented is something that makes me seethe with anger. When two people are forced to have unwanted sex by a third party, the third party is the ONLY one who is guilty. It is especially telling (for me at least) that when Bronn hears the story, he does not place blame on Tyrion or otherwise claim that Tyrion could have done anything differently: Bronn instead lays all the blame on Tywin and states that anyone who would do that to their son deserves to die. Tyrion is innocent in this, and Tysha would be wrong to blame him for it when there was nothing he could have done.

Robert Strong might not have Gregor Clegane's Personality - When discussing Robert Strong, most assume he is either a slightly decayed Gregor Clegane or a Mindless Zombie. I think it is possible that he lacks Gregor's old memories, and therefore is his own person with his own (potentially benevolent) personality. Beric states he lost all his old memories when he was brought back, so it could be the same with Robert Strong. 

Sacking, Extrajudicial Execution of Civilians, and the murdering of POWs are all Immoral - See "Morality and Ethics"

Blood Isn't what makes Jon Snow Special - If he does save the world, it will be despite his parentage. Not because of it. Being raised in Winterfell with Eddard's Honor is what makes Jon Snow a hero, not Fire and Ice. 

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