Cities Are People Too
Back in February, I outlined the "nations are people too" fallacy, and proposed some axioms:
Now that we are being told how "New Orleans has suffered", but we will "bring it back to life". Once more, then, slowly: Cities are not living beings -- they are labels of convenience given to groups of humans. Cities have no feelings; no rights; and no moral existence of their own.
1) Nations are not living beings. They are organizations, formed by humans, with certain characteristics (notably the ability to control some territory).
2) Nations have no feelings; no rights; and no moral existence of their own.
Words matter. The words used to describe New Orleans matter because they will shape real actions: and if those words are focused on the imaginary "life" and supposed "suffering" of a city, the resulting actions will be aimed at these illusory targets, rather than at the real life and real suffering of the real humans we should be trying to help.