Seen on the back of a BMW during my commute to school yesterday:

“TIMAAAH”

I’m jealous. I wish I had thought of it.

4 Responses to “License Plate of the Day”
  1. Tom says:

    Hmm… Shows I’m not part of your cultural gestalt any more. Explain?

    (Although I’ll admit that I really puzzle everybody at church when I walk into theology class and say my theology is positivist objectivist-tinged atheism, most of which I have to credit to Kyle.)

  2. Kyle Haight says:

    It’s a South Park reference. There’s a severely disabled character in the show named “Timmy”, who is confined to a wheelchair. Just about the only thing he ever says is his own name, and the way he pronounces it can reasonably be transcribed as “Timaaah”.

    I find the theological point a bit amusing, as from the Objectivist point of view atheism doesn’t loom that large as a concern. Objectivism is atheist, yes, but it’s a trivial and derivative issue. Atheism is a negative viewpoint — a rejection of a cluster of beliefs that depend on supernaturalism. But because it’s a derivative issue the fact that a system of thought is atheistic doesn’t tell you much of significance about its positive doctrines, and the positive doctrines are really where the action is.

    I’d be curious to know what “objectivist-tinged” really means in this context, though. Do you pick up some parts of the philosophy that touch on the question of the existence of God and reject other parts, or what?

  3. Tom says:

    No, it comes up when I say that (at least for the purposes of that discussion) I reject the claim that we have an a priori obligation to help others. I may *choose* to do so, I may think it’s the smart or expedient or satisfying thing to do, but it isn’t incumbent on me from some sort of universal duty system. That’s a point of view that I think comes out of all the Rand we read back in high school.

  4. Kyle Haight says:

    So basically you reject the deontic approach to ethics generally? No obligations that don’t ultimately trace back to your own choices?

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