This was my first post in this thread:
He asked me why he (or anyone) ought to act in
accordance with universally preferable behavior. I was unable to answer that question to my
I'm posting to express sympathy with your predicament.
I joined this site a while ago, and someone suggested I read UPB, so I've been on a posting/chatting haitus for a bit. Now that I'm done reading, that haitus is also done. From my reading, I'd like to say that I don't at all blame you for not being able to answer that question satisfactorily. The book had a certain lack of lucidity to it, I think, and the wide range of unfulfilling answers in this thread, such as "Because acting otherwise leads to contradiction and is therefore impossible to actually do," only go to show how truly difficult to understand UPB is.
You are not alone in your confusion and in your lack of coherent answers. I started reading the thread thinking the answers were merely difficult to derive. Having read most of the thread, I'm now left wondering if those answers are even obtainable at all.
After seeing your responses to my posts, your consistently inconsistent responses -- one guy says "Yes, UPB proves you shouldn't" and another says "No, it doesn't", one guy says "Actions can be incorrect" and another says "No, they can't" -- I'm no less confused than when I started.
UPB may be correct, I don't know. What I do know about it, at the very least, is that it isn't clear. This thread has made that clear.
I need a break from this. I've got 3 different people telling me 3 different things, some of them contradicting each other, one of them just nitpicking, and shit, one of them was just speaking gibberish for a little while -- there's no consistency, there's too much confusion, I can't get no relief (Yes, I just quoted Jimi Hendrix).
Maybe I'll continue this another time. I'll maybe read some bloggers' thoughts on the theory, see what they have to say about it, maybe I can find some clarity and consistency elsewhere. Thank you all for trying to help -- the ones that did, in fact, try. I'll maybe continue posting in other threads, but I'm going to avoid UPB for a while. I'm no longer enjoying the experience of this thread -- though I admittedly was enjoying it quite a bit for a while, there was a stretch of semi-clarity a few pages back. Maybe I'll try again another day.