Did you know Moby was an idiot? Well it’s a fact. He has written some essays in the play sleeve, which I find incredibly annoying and show the world how stupid he really is. He begins:
“Fundamentalism (of any kind) worries me. The world is too big and too intricate to conform to our ideas of what it should be like.”
Well to start with this is contradictory. Moby’s views on fundamentalism are very fundamentalist themselves, but maybe I could forgive him this paradoxical statement.
Moby then goes on to list some more of his own fundamental beliefs. I’ll list some for you:
“Prisoners shouldn’t have to fear rape, abuse and murder while they are incarcerated.”
“A prisoner should be able to pay their debt to society with ample, constitutionally guaranteed, protection from harm.”
“I do not want any government making decisions regarding what I can put in to or do to my own body.”
“An individual’s own body is not the jurisdiction of the state.”
“Animals are sentient creatures with their own wills and it seems wrong to force out will onto another creature just because we are able to.”
“As compassionate citizens we need to be adamantly intolerant of regimes that openly and intentionally victimise segments of their populations.”
Ok I am going to stop there. Surely this is a list of fundamental beliefs, the kind which Moby has just said that he doesn’t agree with. It doesn’t matter if you agree with his ideas or not, the point is he is completely full on contradictions. His ideas clearly aren’t thought through. Well, he’s embarrassed himself there, next.
This is where it becomes hideous. Read this sentence:
“Institutional racism, prejudice, homophobia, antisemitism, and hate of any kind, are, at the risk of sounding absolutist, always intolerable”.
‘At the risk of sounding absolutist’? It’s an absolute statement. You used the word ‘always’! It seems that Moby can’t see that this whole concept is one big contraction. He is totally against prejudice, especially to certain parts of society – those who belief that homosexuality is wrong for example. In fact you mist as well say that he is prejudiced against homophobics. Yep, that’s right, Moby is prejudiced.
Again, it doesn’t matter if you agree with his ideals or not, this whole opinion is completely contradictory.
The point is that Moby is entitled to hold his beliefs, whatever they are, but to say that he is not prejudice, fundamentalist or absolutist is just not true. Just because his opinions conform with the majority of his society doesn’t make them any less prejudiced. He is racist to racism, homophobic-phobic and anti-antisemitic.
It doesn’t make sense that he is allowed to have his own opinion but that other people are not.
In his opening statement Moby also makes this criticism of religion: “So many religious and political and scientific and social systems fail in that they try to impose a rigid structure onto what is an inherently ambiguous world.”
But then to finish off Moby gives us a whole section of quotes from famous religious leaders about the evils of eating meat. Firstly this is another fundamental view that Moby holds and is forcing upon other people. Secondly, he is using religion, which he has just denounced, as a tool to support his views. Thirdly, and most annoyingly, he is taking all of these people severely out of context. He is using religions like Judaism and Islam to denounce the practice of eating meat, when in fact these religions do not promote this idea at all; their rules are simply concerning certain meats. Moby thinks it’s fine to take a small section of what these religions teach, and then reject the rest. (Incidentally both of these religions are also against homosexuality, but Moby doesn’t like to think about this.)