I'm an alien who just landed on earth. Explain to me what a "crime" is.

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Some of the most (seemingly) basic, widely accepted, and simple definitions we use are actually the most philosophically difficult to define. One such example is what constitutes a "crime".

I'm an alien. What (the fuck) is a crime?
Oh and said alien will decapitate you if your explanation contains exceptions.

(i.e. you have to define crime with absolute applicability, not an easy task.)

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So some anticipated responses from you guys that would NOT be valid.

1) "It's something that's bad." (no, because "bad" is subjective)
2) "It harms other people in society." (no, plenty of crimes have no victim).
3) "It's a set of rules that society generally agrees to follow" (no, there are always people who disagree).

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To me, a "crime" is simply something that disrupts the intended, manmade design of modern-day civilization. Emphasis on man-made. Most "crimes" are actually completely arbitrary, and can actually disrupt the natural biological evolutionary process of a species. It's a mechanism for the governing elite to wield power over the masses of (often unaware) plebes. Alas, welcome to the giant human farming experiment. Welcome to planet Earth.

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Comments (15)

Jun 25, 2018

I think that a crime is harming someone or their property (ie an unjust use of force) when you're not acting in self-defense

Jun 25, 2018

You're highlighting one TYPE of crime, but failed (miserably) to define "crime" in a general sense.

Jun 25, 2018

Nope, crime is any unjust force used against someone - that is general and all-encompassing. As usual, you let your confirmation bias get the best of you and not actually think about what I wrote.

Jun 25, 2018
MonacoMonkey:

I'm an alien. What (the fuck) is a crime?

A crime is a violation of the law.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jun 25, 2018

A well-done steak is a crime.

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Jun 25, 2018
Layne Staley:

A well-done steak is a crime.

Finally, someone that gets it.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jun 25, 2018
MonacoMonkey:

To me, a "crime" is simply something that disrupts the intended, manmade design of modern-day civilization.

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jun 25, 2018

I think all of us here can be (very) thankful that Howard Hughes (that guy posting above) is NOT a prosecutor and/or lawyer of any sort. And that's an understatement.
One must wonder if he is being serious.

Jun 25, 2018

Is using force against someone not considered a crime?

and you have plenty of room to talk:

MonacoMonkey:

because it's unnatural. and there's a reason why, in primitive societies, homosexuals get thrown (hands tied) off rooftops.

before you minimize "primitive" societies, let us not forget that you and I (we all) are offspring of tens of thousands of years of such societies.

so obviously, something's been working.

...or honestly I could copy and paste just about any other comment you've ever posted on WSO and ask if you're being serious (just like most people on your threads do)