Suppose you know the Meaning of Life. Would it be moral sell that information to the highest bidder?
A year ago, in “Selling Salvation: How Much is it Worth?”, I pointed out that the great religious leaders of the past — Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Mohammed — had given Salvation away for free, to anyone who would listen. Shouldn’t we follow their example?
Quite apart from that, I argued that a free market in religious ideas (or any kind of information) tends to drive prices down to zero. I decided that it was not only probably immoral to sell information; it was, in the long run, almost impossible. Therefore, immediately, I started offering everything on my site for free.
Amazingly enough, I haven’t gone broke — on the contrary, I’m doing quite well. How can this be?
I’ll explain. But first: prostitution. Trust me, it’s relevant.