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  1. #1
    Galwylin
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    Paladins, Priests, and Alignmen

    At 04:02 AM 9/24/98 -0700, Brian Stoner wrote:
    >I have come to the conclusion that the alignment system is flawed...at
    least the
    >good-evil spectrum.

    Its flawed in that it tries to label a range of actions of which humans are
    most likely to have varying degrees of. But that's minor...

    >Consider: is good-evil defined by the god(s), culture, the
    >DM, the player?

    I would say the culture but the alignment system isn't set up on a cultural
    axis but an individual one. Haelyn maybe a lawful good god but that
    shouldn't mean in a society that values chaos he is seen as good.

    >Lancelot was a man of honor, but not faith.

    I think its important to remember 'was' is the key word describing
    Lancelot. He does represent my view of paladins though in that each one
    will eventually fall from their status. The code they live by is just too
    strict for humans to fulfill all their lives.

    >The concept of honor is
    >perhaps encompassed in "lawful", but is faith encompassed in "good"?

    An evil priest that serves his evil god is doing good? Sounds strange, but
    I think so. Keeping one's faith is a good act no matter what that faith is.

    >And this brings us back around
    >to my original assertion: the good-evil alignment spectrum is flawed
    because of
    >so many possible perspectives on good and evil.

    Its really comes down to what the alignment system is attempting to gauge.
    Across cultural lines, it is near useless. Individually, I think its
    useful to help see the world through the character's eyes. I personally
    would rather have the gods not be given alignments. Worship is worship no
    matter where it comes from and gods would be able to cross cultural lines
    much easier.

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    Daniel McSorley
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    From: Galwylin
    >An evil priest that serves his evil god is doing good? Sounds strange, but
    >I think so. Keeping one's faith is a good act no matter what that faith
    is.
    I disagree. If your faith encourages evil actions, and you carry it out,
    you may be all right with the faith, but you are still evil.
    I personally don't think that evil/good is relative to anything. There
    are plenty of absolutes floating around, but the P(oliticall)C(orrect)
    movement is so hesitant to condemn anything as wrong, because they want to
    encourage free flow of ideas, sharing of feelings, and all that other PC
    shit. They try to say everyone has their own point of view, and should
    determine such personal things for themselves. A murderer may not see
    anything wrong with his actions, but he is still evil. He is welcome to his
    own point of view, but it is wrong in this case.
    The Alignment axis of good and evil is supposed to represent that, I
    think. It is set on an absolute scale, rather than a cultural or individual
    one. So an ancient Aztec priest, sacrificing people right and left, may be
    a fine upstanding citizen, but he is still evil on the absolute scale.

    Daniel McSorley- mcsorley.1@osu.edu

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    BenandAmy
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    Paladins, Priests, and Alignmen

    I agree. Good and evil should be considered universal, but the alignment
    system really is flawed. Try replacing the word "lawful" with "control", and
    the word "chaos" with "freedom". Now what do you have? And what does that do
    to good and evil?

    By the way, GO BUCKS!!!!!!
    - -----Original Message-----
    From: Daniel McSorley
    To: birthright@MPGN.COM
    Date: Thursday, September 24, 1998 2:12 PM
    Subject: Re: [BIRTHRIGHT] - Paladins, Priests, and Alignments


    >From: Galwylin
    >>An evil priest that serves his evil god is doing good? Sounds strange,
    but
    >>I think so. Keeping one's faith is a good act no matter what that faith
    >is.
    > I disagree. If your faith encourages evil actions, and you carry it
    out,
    >you may be all right with the faith, but you are still evil.
    > I personally don't think that evil/good is relative to anything. There
    >are plenty of absolutes floating around, but the P(oliticall)C(orrect)
    >movement is so hesitant to condemn anything as wrong, because they want to
    >encourage free flow of ideas, sharing of feelings, and all that other PC
    >shit. They try to say everyone has their own point of view, and should
    >determine such personal things for themselves. A murderer may not see
    >anything wrong with his actions, but he is still evil. He is welcome to
    his
    >own point of view, but it is wrong in this case.
    > The Alignment axis of good and evil is supposed to represent that, I
    >think. It is set on an absolute scale, rather than a cultural or
    individual
    >one. So an ancient Aztec priest, sacrificing people right and left, may be
    >a fine upstanding citizen, but he is still evil on the absolute scale.
    >
    >Daniel McSorley- mcsorley.1@osu.edu
    >
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    >>'unsubscribe birthright' as the body of the message.

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    Daniel McSorley
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    From: BenandAmy
    >I agree. Good and evil should be considered universal, but the alignment
    >system really is flawed. Try replacing the word "lawful" with "control",
    and
    >the word "chaos" with "freedom". Now what do you have? And what does that
    do
    >to good and evil?
    >
    I have always interpreted lawful as more of disciplined, respectful
    self-control. Not neccessarily external control. Chaos to me, similarly
    indicate a lack of discipline, which I don't see as a very desireable thing.
    It is very possible to be free, and still exercise self-discipline.

    > By the way, GO BUCKS!!!!!!
    I don't believe it. Now I'm going to have to get a non-campus email
    address since football season has started up. :)

    Daniel McSorley- mcsorley.1@not osu, not really, I don't have anything to do
    with the damn football team, please!osu.edu

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    David Sean Brown
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    > I agree. Good and evil should be considered universal, but the alignment
    > system really is flawed. Try replacing the word "lawful" with "control", and
    > the word "chaos" with "freedom". Now what do you have? And what does that do
    > to good and evil?
    Not quite sure what you are getting at here..chaotic doesn't necessarily
    maen freedom, nor does lawful preclude it. Chaotic means jsut what is
    says..the person acts inn a chaotic, or random fashion. Their actions
    don't follow any real predictable order or pattern. They may be deeply
    involved in a mission (for example), then suddenly give it up to explore a
    newly discovered cave...then get bored with that and decide to see if they
    can climb that mountain over there ...whereas a lawful type PC you should
    be able to (more or less) have an idea where they are at...you can expect
    them to do what they say with less (not none) chance of them becomine
    "flighty" and abandoning it. They tend to live within the laws of the
    area, but are still free to act as they wish within it..

    Perhaps I missed the jist of what you were trying to say..if so, let me
    know ;)

    Sean

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    Samuel Weiss
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    >chaotic doesn't necessarily
    maen freedom, nor does lawful preclude it. Chaotic means jsut what is
    says..the person acts inn a chaotic, or random fashion. Their actions
    don't follow any real predictable order or pattern.<

    Hold up. Not in the least.
    Chaotic does not mean "roll a die to determine each action". It means
    precisely the opposite of Lawful, the putting of indivdual needs and desires
    above that of the group.
    With your examples, should a Chaotic charater feel the desire to explore a
    cave instead of continuing on with a particualr mission, he would go off and
    do so, not caring one whit whether his comrades, king, or country will
    suffer for it. Were he Good, he would try to insure his whims caused no harm
    to others or impeded them from acting upon their individual needs and
    desires. Were he also Evil, others needs or desires would concern him not at
    all.
    No Chaotic person shopuld ever consider rolling a die, or changing his mind
    just "because". That is insanity, not the Chaotic axis of AD&D alignment.

    Samwise

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    David Sean Brown
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    > Chaotic does not mean "roll a die to determine each action". It means
    > precisely the opposite of Lawful, the putting of indivdual needs and desires
    > above that of the group.

    If you like, look up the word Chaos in a dictionary..roughly it meams
    without order..says nothing about without guilt, remorse or compassion.
    Just because a person is Chaotic (good/neutral/evil aside for the moment)
    doesn't mean that he/she is going to allow his/her actions to put others
    in danger..that is the good/evil aspect of the whole thing..as I said, a
    chaotic person does things simply because they happen tio strike his fancy
    at that point in time or seem really "cool"



    > No Chaotic person shopuld ever consider rolling a die, or changing his mind
    > just "because". That is insanity, not the Chaotic axis of AD&D alignment.

    Insanity is exaclty the example used to describe Chaotic Neutral
    people..those who do things on a whim "just because" They don't take any
    time to think about the effect for good or evil on other people...take a
    look at the example of a CN player in the rule book (as an example)

    Sean

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    BenandAmy
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    - -----Original Message-----
    From: David Sean Brown
    To: birthright@MPGN.COM
    Date: Thursday, September 24, 1998 5:24 PM
    Subject: Re: [BIRTHRIGHT] - Paladins, Priests, and Alignments


    >> I agree. Good and evil should be considered universal, but the alignment
    >> system really is flawed. Try replacing the word "lawful" with "control",
    and
    >> the word "chaos" with "freedom". Now what do you have? And what does that
    do
    >> to good and evil?
    >Not quite sure what you are getting at here..chaotic doesn't necessarily
    >maen freedom, nor does lawful preclude it. Chaotic means jsut what is
    >says..the person acts inn a chaotic, or random fashion. Their actions
    >don't follow any real predictable order or pattern. They may be deeply
    >involved in a mission (for example), then suddenly give it up to explore a
    >newly discovered cave...then get bored with that and decide to see if they
    >can climb that mountain over there ...whereas a lawful type PC you should
    >be able to (more or less) have an idea where they are at...you can expect
    >them to do what they say with less (not none) chance of them becomine
    >"flighty" and abandoning it. They tend to live within the laws of the
    >area, but are still free to act as they wish within it..
    >
    >Perhaps I missed the jist of what you were trying to say..if so, let me
    >know ;)
    >
    >Sean
    >
    You're right, but these points only pertain to a very superficial level
    of a character's motivations.
    The point I'm making here is that the alignment system doesn't really allow
    for more complex characters, only more
    black-and-white distinctions. A character, for example, that believed in
    having as little government as possible,but
    that the laws put forth by that government should be strictly obeyed--would
    be described as what? Chaotic Lawful Good?
    It's a little contradictory, that's all.

  9. #9
    Galwylin
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    At 02:53 PM 9/24/98 -0400, Daniel McSorley wrote:
    >
    > I disagree. If your faith encourages evil actions, and you carry it out,
    >you may be all right with the faith, but you are still evil.

    Umm, no one said they weren't. The devotion is what I was speaking of.
    Everyone seeks it. Your family, your church, your nation.

    > I personally don't think that evil/good is relative to anything. There
    >are plenty of absolutes floating around, but the P(oliticall)C(orrect)
    >movement is so hesitant to condemn anything as wrong, because they want to
    >encourage free flow of ideas, sharing of feelings, and all that other PC
    >shit. They try to say everyone has their own point of view, and should
    >determine such personal things for themselves. A murderer may not see
    >anything wrong with his actions, but he is still evil. He is welcome to his
    >own point of view, but it is wrong in this case.

    I don't know what brought in Political Correctness but my stance remains.
    It is not easy to apply absolutes to humans. Much of what we think of as
    evil now was perfectably acceptable 2000 years ago. Does that mean we've
    reached a point where we can condemn those we've never met? I personally
    think your language is offensive but I'm certain others don't. Where is
    the absolute there? And why are there thousands of other examples showing
    that absolutes only exist to a select few? Equating the free flow of ideas
    and sharing of feelings with murder seems to be just a bit of a stretch to me.

    > The Alignment axis of good and evil is supposed to represent that, I
    >think. It is set on an absolute scale, rather than a cultural or individual
    >one. So an ancient Aztec priest, sacrificing people right and left, may be
    >a fine upstanding citizen, but he is still evil on the absolute scale.

    But in his own culture, he is not evil. And religion is cultural and
    anything but absolute except to its believers. Your absolute scale leaves
    the god Haelyn where? He accepts good and evil priests yet his alignment
    is lawful good.

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  10. #10
    GrimtoothX@aol.co
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    In a message dated 9/24/98 6:35:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
    samwise1@email.msn.com writes:

    > Chaotic does not mean "roll a die to determine each action". It means
    > precisely the opposite of Lawful, the putting of indivdual needs and
    desires
    > above that of the group.
    It seems to me that even this may be wrong.... Wouldn't that be a selfish
    desire, not Chaotic?

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