by Lord Blackthorn
Let it never be said that I have
augh(t) as quarrel with my liege Lord British, for indeed we be of the best of friends,
sharing amicable games of chess 'pon winter's night, and talking at length into the wee
hours of the issues that affect the realm of Britannia.
Yet true friendship doth not prevent true philosophical disagreement
either. While I view with approval my lord's affection for his carefully crafted
philosophy of the Eight Virtues, wherein moral behavior is encouraged in the populace, I
view with less approval the expenditure of public funds upon the construction of
"shrines" to said ideals.
The issue is not on(e) of funds, however, but a disagreement most
intellectual over the proper way of humankind in an ethical sense. Surely freedom of
decision must be regarded as paramount in any such moral decision? Though none fail to
censure the murderer, a subtler question arises when we ask if his behavior would be
ethical if he were forced to it.
I say to thee, the reader, quite flatly, that no ethical system
shall have sway over me unless it convinceth me, for that freely made choice is to me the
sigh that the system has validity.
Whereas the system of "Virtues" that my liege espouses is
indeed a compilation of commonly approved virtues, I approve of it. Where it seeks to
control the populace and restrict their diversity and their range of behaviors, I quarrel
with it. And thus do I issue this politic call to anarchy, whilst humbly begging
forgivness of Lord British for my impertinence:
Celebrate thy differences. Take thy actions according to they own
lights. Question from what source a law, a rule, a judge, and a virtue may arise. 'Twere
possible (though I suggest it not seriously) that a daemon planted the seed of these
"Virtues" in my Lord British's mind; 'twere possible that the Shrines were but a
plan to destroy this world. Thou canst not know unless thou questioneth, doubteth, and in
the end, unless thou relyest upon THYSELF and they judgement. I offer these words as mere
philosophical musings for those who seek enlightenment, for 'tis the issue that hath
occupied mine interest and that of Lord British for some time now.