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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.

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  • Jan 6 2013: "Which is more important, to do right or to do good?"

    People who answer "do right" believe that, IN GENERAL, in the long run doing right at this instant does more good than doing good in this instant. Everyone is trying to maximize long term good doing, people just differ in opinion about how to achieve that goal, this is why people's actual behavior differs from situation to situation (not every situation fits the "in general" moniker).
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      • Jan 7 2013: True, people make up excuses for themselves, but if they had the time and the luxury of thinking about their actions they would try to maximize long term good doing (according to what their personal definition of good is).
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        Jan 7 2013: I know I've popped into the grocery store more than a few times for a sandwich to hand to someone standing outside. I also pick up things if I see people drop them and I hand them back. It's what made replying to the query simple to me.

        What I do does not depend on what someone else dropped. To me the two things are disconnected.
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        Jan 7 2013: I understand, Mark, that there is often a discrepancy between what people say they would do in a situation, what they think they would actually do if they are honest with themselves, and what they actually would do if the situation arose. Predictions are most valid in situations that have often been put to the test in their lives.

        I also understand that some people are more armchair and some more action and that that balance can change over the course of a person's lifetime for a variety of reasons.

        I have not come to a settled conclusion as to whether we are each more or less consistent in our actual behaviors than we think we are.

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