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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: For me, I have to look behind the concept of 'right' and 'good.' Some will say subjective. Some will say objective. For instance, I think it was Garrett Hardin that wrote about Lifeboat Ethics. Earth as a Lifeboat with limited resources. Sure, there is debate about the capacity of the lifeboat, but there is a limited capacity. So, he would suggest we do no favors for the human species by lifting individuals out of the gutter that can not lift themselves out of the gutter. You are disabling the species, from an evolutionary stand point, by helping the weak, lame and those of lower IQ. From a purely biological species stand point, to do so is wrong and bad. On the other hand, what is morality? From one culture to another cultural norms vary, but I believe it was CS Lewis that identified 12 or 13 moral norms that occur in virtually every culture he could examine during his time. Myself, return the $20 to the owner and take the other person out for a meal.
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      • Jan 7 2013: Mark, I took your advice and read your other posts. From my point of view there is not much worth reading. I guess I would call it convoluted, amorphous, circular, judgementalism that fails to make any cognizant point. Your opinion seems to be that all us other slime life are trapped in our cognitive soup and seem to have joined in corporate back patting for self aggrandizement and emotional massage while getting boiled alive without knowing it as the heat of the soup rises. In the mean time, I can't figure out if you are one of us, or you stand outside of us. Seems like you are a little reluctant to take responsibility for your own views. Much more, "Come on, we are all this way and you all know it." You talk about all of us, then write you are not part of all of us. Do you actually live as you write? I know a gazillion people, give or take a few, that have certainly risen at least a little above how you view humanity.

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