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  • zeitgeist

    the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.
    https://lexicon.neowayland.com/zz/#zeitgeist

    Zero Aggression Principle

    USUALLY Thou Shalt Not Initiate Force

    The non-aggression principle (also called the non-aggression axiom, anti-coercion principle, or zero aggression principle) is a deontological ethical stance associated with the Anarcho-capitalist school of Libertarianism (consequentialist libertarians do not base their libertarianism on it). It is an axiom of some forms of anarchism, and also held by many political conservatives, traditionalists and natural law theory. The principle of non-aggression exists in various forms in the faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as well as Eastern philosophies such as Confucianism. It holds that "aggression", which is defined as the initiation of physical force, the threat of such, or fraud upon persons or their property, is inherently illegitimate. In contrast to pacifism, the non-aggression principle does not preclude defense.

    Libertarians typically believe that the non-aggression principle includes property as a part of the owner; to aggress against someone's property is to aggress against the individual. Thus, the principle leads to the rejection of theft, vandalism, murder and fraud. When applied to governments, it has been taken to prohibit many policies including taxation, the military draft, and individual participation in non-defensive state wars. When taken to the logical conclusion, anarchists argue that it calls for abolition of the state itself and protecting individuals from aggression through voluntary payments rather than taxation.
    Zero Aggression Principle: Wikis from the full wiki

    Don't start nothing, won't BE nothing!
    — Agent Jay in Men In Black
    While many consider the ZAP to be the defining characteristic of libertarianism, I can't find evidence that it was in wide use before the mid-20th Century. Yes it was mentioned, but always deriving from other principles. Considering some of the other things that were happening in American culture and in the liberty movement, it does make sense in context. If the ZAP wasn't THE defining trait of libertarians in the 1950s, or of (classical) liberals in the 1900s, then obviously the ZAP isn't as central to freedom and liberty as some libertarians say.

    There are exceptions to every rule. Exceptions that you can only invoke at your own peril and at the risk of undoing everything that you believe is right and just. There are times when playing by the rules just invites your own destruction. There are times when certain people game the system, just so no one can honorably oppose their moves.

    The Zero Aggression Principle only works as a guideline, not as an absolute. Depending on circumstances, I'm no longer willing to rule out initiating force. But I'm still smart enough to accept that initiating force could (and probably will) invite total catastrophe.

    With apologies to movie purists, “Be nice until it's time not to be nice.” Tit for tat. That's a choice that can only be made by an individual. That's a choice that will always have drastic consequences. Sometimes that's the choice that will support liberty and freedom.

    Ultimately, that's the goal, not non-aggression.

    https://lexicon.neowayland.com/zz/#zero-aggression

    ZFG

    zero fucks given
    https://lexicon.neowayland.com/zz/#zfg

    zodiac

    The zodiac is an area of the sky that extends approximately 8° north or south (as measured in celestial latitude) of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. The paths of the Moon and visible planets are also within the belt of the zodiac.

    In Western astrology, and formerly astronomy, the zodiac is divided into twelve signs, each occupying 30° of celestial longitude and roughly corresponding to the constellations: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

    These astrological signs form a celestial coordinate system, or even more specifically an ecliptic coordinate system, which takes the ecliptic as the origin of latitude and the Sun's position at vernal equinox as the origin of longitude.
    I've never found the zodiac useful for divination, prediction, or personality classification.

    It works great to help measure the solar year.

    As a metaphor, it's a set of symbols that can allow one to explore life and it's transitions. Just remember destiny is not carved in stone, choice can alter everything.
    https://lexicon.neowayland.com/zz/#zodiac

    zombie ideas

    Zombie ideas — a phrase I originally saw in the context of myths about Canadian health care — are policy ideas that keep being killed by evidence, but nonetheless shamble relentlessly forward, essentially because they suit a political agenda.
    The Ultimate Zombie Idea from Paul Krugman
    writing in The New York Times

    See aso politics
    https://lexicon.neowayland.com/zz/#zombie-ideas
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