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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: I personally would have gave the money back to the man and then went somewhere to buy the homeless man food. I myself have a hard time separating "right" from "good". I guess what is right or good would change depending on who you are. I also suppose there is a bit of judgement when it comes to what is good.
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      Jan 7 2013: This question is almost the same as the Moral -vs- ethical argument.

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