Posted Jun 16, 2012 21:58 UTC (Sat) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
In reply to: On meritocracy by jspaleta
Parent article: On mocking
Being less facetious for a moment, my original point was that it is foolish to state that something (in this case, mocking people on mailing lists) is "human nature" (and thus, by implication, unalterable) when we have numerous examples of social spheres in which mocking people is *not* considered acceptable. Therefore this is clearly not unalterable, and excusing it on those grounds is fallacious.
Lots of things are "human nature" including levels of intergroup violence which kill perhaps 40% of males. We have overcome that. Just because things are human nature does not mean they are necessarily either inevitable or praiseworthy. The naturalistic fallacy is still a fallacy.