I’m taking a break from serious content to bring you frivolous xmas post, 2009.
You know that song “Santa Clause is Coming to Town?” It contains the lyric: “so be good for goodness sake.” But this is clearly inconsistent with the content of the song, and it drives me crazy.
Being good for goodness’ sake means that you should be good because it has intrinsic value for you, or value not as a means to any other end. But the song is all about how Santa is watching you, and how you won’t get presents if you are bad. This suggests that being good has merely extrinsic or instrumental value, value as a means to some end (the presents).
So, Christmas carolers, if you want to teach your kids that being good has intrinsic value, UR DOIN IT WRONG.
And to all a good night.