These basic imperatives—satiety, sex, safety—get coated by personal, family, and societal perspectives which organize a unique set of individual experiences into one’s moral values.
One problem of using probabilities to relate world facts in one’s worldview is … when a contrary event occur, a person is able to fit the event as an acceptable fact within one’s worldview, by forcing one’s probabilities to allow it.
“Drunks drink to feel better, but alcohol’s a depressant.”
“Yes, but drink depresses their defenses. They feel relieved, better.”
The essence of the most intellectually difficult problems in laws and government is the resolving of conflicting rights. A simple example is the right to smoke cigarettes and the right to not inhale cigarette smoke.
Link your memories and interests with the course material. Do this before the course starts. So it’s your interests, not the teacher’s.