Thursday, October 4, 2007

A Thought Experiment...

Thought experiments can be fun. One uses one's paradigm of the way the world works to envisage various scenarios in order to predict what the end result might be. Here's one by way of example...

Phaedrus has often mused fondly on the dream of being able to expel all the Jews in the world to another planet altogether so the rest of us can live together in something approaching peace. Unfortunately, there isn't another life-supporting planet in proximity, but since this is only a thought experiment, let's pretend there is.

Imagine for a moment that there is an identical planet to ours, on the same orbit, on the other side of the the Sun from us. We demand the Jews up-sticks and move to it. But naturally there come objections. The Jews will furiously accuse us of 'racism' and 'antisemitism' and liken us to the Nazis, Attila the Hun, Pol Pot or whatever else you got.

So we formulate a compromise solution. WE will expel OURSELVES and leave the Jews here to dwell among their own! Well, surely no one could possibly object to that, could they? After a short period of Jewish jubilation, the reality of the new situation would soon start to sink in, however.

The Jews would have a sudden change of heart and beg us to stay! Though they detest, abuse, exploit and despise us, it would quickly occur to them that without us, they'd have to do all the work themselves; they'd have no more slaves and lackeys at their beck and call and only their OWN society to meddle with and ruin.

If we left the Jews en masse, they'd have to fend for themselves and that would not be a pretty sight, for every parasite needs a host. Jews can no more live among themselves alone as can mosquitoes, fleas or leaches. Though natural justice could not deny us the freedom to desert them, the Jews, Phaedrus believes, most assuredly would!