TED Conversations

Warren Whitfield

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

Is it right to profit from addiction? Is it right to profit from harm?

Is it right to profit from the sale of addictive products and services, specifically, from the portion of consumers who are addicted i.e. cannot control their consumption? Whilst morality is a subjective issue, the harm that is caused by this practice is measurable. Therefore is it right to profit from causing harm?

0
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Oct 8 2012: Yes, and no. Somebody needs to step up and help the additive, that where I come in. Its cheaper to counlser-al, than to ware house. Don't you agree, there is hope for a few....That makes it worth while, and CHEAPER!!!
    • thumb
      Oct 8 2012: I'm all for helping an addict overcome their addiction if they are willing to accept the help.

      But as many have explained here, humans can become "addicted" to many different things. The definition of "addicted" is even debated by experts within the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and other fields.

      Society (or at least "rule makers") decide(s) which addictions are good or bad. So let's not close down all for-profit companies that provide a product or service that somebody may become "addicted" to, just because the product or service may be "addicting" if misused by the consumer.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.