I would like to take a moment to note that I’m going to discuss the Killing Joke. The book, not the upcoming movie.
Specifically, I’d like to discuss its end. If you haven’t read it yet, I’m going to spoil the fuck out of it for you. So you might want to read it first and then come back.
However, before you go, I’d just like to tell you that that Trinity, Dumbledore, and Jesus all die at the end.
John, however, does not. (I know, right?)
There, that should’ve been enough text that there are no spoilers in the blub-box if someone posts this to Facebook.
So, TLDR: the Batman kills the Joker.
“I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.” – The Book of Lies
I’d like to address the claim that an omnipotent, omniscient being, a being that wanted its will to be communicated with perfect clarity and fidelity to all people for all of time, decided to do so by having people grind up pigments in order to stain dead trees and/or animal hides with words.
First of all, people who self-identify as Christians in the United States, and who weren’t civil rights supporters in this recent dustup, should recognize that the days of being able to impose their religion on non-consenting adults, are ending. That’s the first thing. The bad old days are finally coming to a close, the tide of history is inexorable, and it is against you. You can live the life you want, but you cannot choose the type of life that others lead, as long as they’re not a proximate cause of harm to another human being. So, I suppose, you should begin to become comfortable with that – it’s not up to you to determine the character of society. Society is an abstraction that we give to the aggregate interactions of an entire population – you do not determine your culture, you participate in it.
– Axiom 1: Determinism and the ontological possibility of choice, are mutually exclusive.
– Definition 1: let deterministic mean: “a system in which no randomness is involved in the development of future states of the system. A deterministic model will thus always produce the same output from a given starting condition or initial state.”
– Definition 2: let free will mean : “the capacity unique to persons that allows them to control their actions by making choices”
– Definition 3: let omniscience mean: “knowing everything : having unlimited understanding or knowledge”
-Given 1: there is an omniscient entity
-Given 2: humans have free will
– P1: There is an omniscient entity (G1)
– P2: If an entity is omniscient, it will know the starting and ending states of a system, as well as all states in between. (D3)
– P3: if an omniscient entity knows every state, including the ending state of a system before the system gets to that point in time, then events within the system cannot vary from what is destined to happen. (P2)
– P4: Events that are destined to happen can not occur any way other than what is destined to occur. (P3)
– P5: If events cannot occur any way other than what is destined, the cosmos will always produce the same output from a given starting condition or initial state. (D1)
– P6: If there is an omniscient entity, then the cosmos will always produce the same output from a given starting condition or initial state. (P4, D1)
– P7: Any system which will always produce the same output from a given starting condition or initial state, is deterministic. (D1)
– P8: If a system is deterministic, any and all future actions are already destined, and choice is not ontologically possible. (A1, D1, P3, P4)
– P9: Free will requires the ontologically possibility of choice. (D2)
– P10: Free will and determinism are mutually exclusive (A1, D2)
– P11: Reality is deterministic. (P1, P2, P6, P7)
– P12: Humans have free will (G2)
∴ (P1 ⊕ P12 )
If you’ve ever gone to a particularly violent movie, you’ve probably experienced the phenomenon of sitting in a room full of people, many of whom are howling in a sort of sympathetic resonance during acts of extreme violence. A certain type of people, however, not only find this sort of experience distasteful, they find it baffling. “Why”, they wonder, “is everybody being so loud and excited during a scene with violence (which is horrible, just horrible)?”
In a very real way, this sort of attitude reflects a distinct disconnect from the core of our humanity itself; it is, in short, a result of people confusing the veneer of civilization with the quintessence of being. To put it simply – we are animals. To ignore that is an act of folly, and willful blindness.