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Haley Goranson

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Which is more important, to do right or to do good?

A rich man walks down the street and drop a 20 dollar bill. You know he will not even notice it is gone. On the side of the street sits a beggar who looks really hungry. The good thing is to give the money to the beggar, the right thing is to give it back to the man who dropped it.

- Maybe instead of taking this question , as a question of right and wrong or judgment, perhaps what we can take from this is that there are a variety of opinions and many people have different ideas of what is morally right. That is beautiful to me. This is just an example that good and right are almost undefinable, or at the least the definition is always changing for everyone.

Topics: money poverty

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    Jan 6 2013: Isn't doing the right thing by extension always doing a good thing?

    Doing the right thing implies it is a expected action recognized as being the culturally accepted practice.

    Doing a good thing isn't as clear cut.

    It usually involves a charitable act but not everybody agrees with all charitable actions. e.g., giving money to a wino.

    Doing a good thing can only be determined as good in the mind of the individual doing it.

    So what's more important to you? Maintaining culturally accepted practices that we need to support to function as a society or appeasing your own conscience. Tough decision.

    At some point in the whole exchange, you made a judgement that the beggar deserved the $20 more than you or the rich guy. Why couldn't you then simply give him what you can afford out of your own pocket.

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