Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The Nature of Evil

To quote the 2002 Flaming Lips single Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots:

"Those evil-natured robots:
They're programmed to destroy us."

But wait, if they are programmed to destroy, how can they be evil by nature? If merely re-programming them will turn them into productive workers, or defenders of humanity, or comic relief for old Jetsons episodes, doesn't that prove the robots are not, by their very nature, evil?

I mean, give me a break, you know?

Update: And what's up with that cover, anyway? The song and the title sound like they're anime geeks, but instead of getting an illustrator to do a Japanimation-style cover, they hire Rene Magritte? I hope someone got fired over that blunder.