Don’t we all hatch our bets somehow? The only people who don’t are children (that’s why we like them), dim-witted adults (that’s why we laugh at them), and the very elderly (that’s why we take care of them).
Now, what is a noble mind? Doing a search on the word “noble” brings up a couple of definitions along the following lines:
- belonging to a hereditary class with high social or political status; aristocratic;
- having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.
The notion of nobility based on hereditary class is still popular in many countries around the world. Marriages are arranged to protect and continue “our nobility.” Sorry, if that is something you believe literally or otherwise condone as “the only way to go,” you will be disappointed by this writer. Hereditary classes, I believe, are not necessary or unavoidable to support fair living for all people. Do we really want to gang up on other people?
While I do not know that humans have natural rights (after denying heredity, were would they come from), I understand that most people simply agree on some very basic rights – which we then call human rights.
I also know that some people have or show fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals. Are they noble, could I possibly have an issue with that? Generally I don’t, unless it begins to cost me way above my fair share of any social contribution.
So what could we mean by “fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals?” Believe it or not, I once studied theology and world religions. Theology, I have since come to believe, is a little bit on the “heady” side of life. I have given up on it and let go of pure conjecture and lots of moral assertions.
“Fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals” need not be explained exclusively in the context of religion, it need not be that complicated. Instead, just be reminded of and generally guided by something like the Golden Rule.
The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a moral maxim or principle of altruism found in many human cultures and religions, suggesting it may be related to a fundamental human nature:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
If that is not already speaking about noble behavior and action, then what else would? “Believe that life is worth living, and live a worthy life” is of my own coinage. Any better? No, it isn’t.
OK, so bumpersticker-kind-of-sayings are just that: slogans, metaphors, defenses, excuses, etc. Many are stupid, but as long as they promote reciprocity, are they not intelligible?
The noble mind need not have studied volumes of theology, promise world peace by next week, or never even look at the cover of a Playboy magazine while walking past a news stand. The noble mind is, perhaps, simply a mind intuiting along the lines of reciprocity.
Are you interested in mating with such a mind, never mind the attached body? You should, because a noble mind does not cheat on you.