(apologies in advance for sounding like a didactic ass)
Simple assumption IS ignorance: we can easily assume that evil is bad, but unless we examine its exact nature, our assumptions are worthless. Most sentiments that go without saying usually wither without blooming.
If the questions are so easy, why don’t I see you contributing to any of those three threads? Why are you scurrying over to MPSIMS to complain about what’s going on over there, instead of joining the debates? Pro skiier on the kiddie slopes, are ye?
Ignorance is endless. I’ve found it’s more successful to attempt to eradicate it in one’s own self rather than to try eradicating it in others, unless they specifically ask. The way I figure it, with the amount of knowledge available to all of us, everyone will always be more ignorant than not, no matter how smart or open-minded one is. However, one can wage a lifelong battle against their own ignorance. And that ain’t bad.
The reason those things are debateable is that many people don’t think we live in a world where right and wrong are absolute. Actually, some developmental psychologists believe that being able to move beyond black-and-white decisions about right or wrong is a sign of advanced moral development. That’s why you might be taught some “absolutes” in 6th or 8th grade, but then later in college or in your self-education, you revisit those answers and realize it’s not as settled as you thought.
While I don’t expect many non-ignorant people are going to wax poetic about the beauties of fascism, if one acknowledges its merits and why it might be attractive to some people, we have a better means of understanding world history and future risks to civilized society. Same with ol’ Slobodan. Discussing how some nutjob can drown her kids has similar benefits, especially given how murky the waters are on insanity and its legal and moral justification for certain pleas, charges, and punishments.
You know, it’s funny you should mention that. I was talking to a coworker over lunch and he asked if I saw any fireworks light night, to which I responded: “Only if you count explosive diarrhea!” Thanks for your interest.