Interesting question, but first tell me how you're going to make it fair.<quoted text>
OK, so lets say the tax treatment for married couples is fixed so that its perfectly fair for married and single people.
What difference does it make if some of the married ones are knob/slot, slot/slot, or knob/knob? How does it affect marriage in general?
Sorry, your wording has shown significant prejudice and an invitation to bullying. Been there, done that.
Would you feel any better if a Creationist asked you to assume that a deity was meddling in our prehistory and speculate from there? You'd be giving that person legitimacy they have not earned.
Time for a long spiel:
I kind of like to reference the comic story "The Watchmen" to try to put this debate on equal footing. That is a story about superheros that was made in the 1980's Dark Horse years. It takes place in a parallel reality where superheros really do exist and have altered history in a bizarre way. At first they were heroes, but became hated by the public for their anonymity and vigilantism.
This forum environment is the natural playground for the character called "the Comedian". The Comedian is a bully who has turned his bad habit into something he can pretend to be proud of, but as the story progresses, we see that he and his alter-ego largely consider the problems of the real world "a joke". Even as he cries inside, he lets that "joke" aspect rule his life. At the beginning of the story, he dies at the hand of another superhero and the whole story proceeds from there, narrated by another character called "Rorschach" who puts the dark Jungian spin on everything.
At the end, we find that the Comedian considered his arch-nemesis his only thing close to a friend. His only lasting achievement was to father a superhero daughter, but through a nasty act of raping another superhero in one of his "just a joke" moments. The mother won't even let the daughter talk to him.
Now, I'm not one to bother with policing morality in a forum where egos go unchecked. I do it a bit anyway, but I like to think that I put a bit more of a moral into my confrontations than "just a joke" rationalization.
The question is, are you acting out the part an invulnerable superhero who wants to be loved as if he is mortal and vulnerable, or are you slowly getting dragged along to your own final conclusion? A joke that you claim is easy to walk away from, like life itself?
It's a very good movie, although far too subtle for the slugfest-and-special-effects audience. Personally, I don't think that any of the characters represent real people, but rather, facets of every person. The darkest element of the story is that it really does reduce the pop-culture of the last one hundred years down to a rather simple machine whereby people expend themselves on the politics of the moment, which tend to mean nothing a few short years later. They even throw in a bit of Andy Warhol so your politics has its 15 minutes of fame too!(Just a joke!) ;)
This aspect of the debate has not run its course to my satisfaction. A person can walk away, in which case, I've repeatedly shown that I would too. A person can maintain their fixation. If so, I have certain scenarios to propose because I want to see the results, and it doesn't matter to me that I may have a bit of politics of my own. After all, the world is not about absolutes in perfect harmony. It takes a team of superheroes to battle crime!
....or perhaps it takes a team to hide the darker side of their vigilantism?
I'm here to learn things and sometimes that means playing with people's heads. If you don't like to be played with, transcend the game. The only way it will conclude by my silence will be when I get bored, or censored by Topix, but I'm not going to do anything heinous to give anyone their illusion of just cause. All I can say is "Deal with it!"