Vaneesh Mittal

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How does one know what is wrong and what is right?

Each person becomes an adult under different set of circumstances, with a different set of values. by the time he is an adult he has his own perception of the world..... How does one ever come to know "WHO" or "WHAT" was wrong/right?
Every person would want to say that he is right because he thinks per his perspective....

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    May 16 2013: Right is harmless improvement. Wrong is harmful diminution. Doing no harm to others and improving prevailing conditions is right. Doing harm to others and lessening hope is wrong. When we do unto others that which we would not want done to us we KNOW we have done wrong. When we do unto others as we would have them do unto us we KNOW we have done right. Just like Jesus Christ said [Matthew 7: 12 KJV].
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      May 16 2013: Your experience is quite evident in your words Mr. Long ....
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    May 15 2013: Life = Good

    More alive = more good

    More dead = more bad

    Dead = Bad
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    May 22 2013: If you can't sleep after a certain choice, means it was absolutely the wrong one.
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    May 19 2013: This is a question I've often had trouble with. Although the idea of "do unto others as you would do unto yourself" seems sufficient, I've found that many liars and thieves are more than happy to be lied to and stolen from as long as their lies are accepted more and they can manage to steal more than their competitors'. Edward Long did a fair job in his post of modifying the basic idea in a way that attempts to address the holes in the logic.

    My closest approximation to a coherent morality is: sustainable change that is globally conscious is life-giving and affirming while exploitive stagnation that focuses on self-gratification is gluttonous and destructive.

    I don't believe that human morality should be different than floral or faunal morality, as we are merely a part of the cosmos rather than "the bright and precious flower the universe revolves around." Consequently, I don't find some "abhorrent" behaviours inexcusable. For example, killing another human out of real need is no more a crime than a lion killing a gazelle out of hunger. The "good" of killing to eat is obviously different than the "evil" killing of expanding marketshare. Unfortunately, humans have a huge capacity to value their desires far above their needs which leads to great differences between human behaviour and the behaviors of all other forms of life on the planet. As you point out, each of us have the ability to hold so tightly to our our selfish perspectives that we can justify everything we do. Some, not all, of us also have the intellectual ability to look past our own perspectives and assume a more, if imperfectly, objective point of view. The more alternatives we each can envision and understand, the closer we can come to making decisions that produce goodness. As we mature, we increasingly come to know this if we have the mental capacity to do so.

    Essentially: need is good, excess is evil.
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    May 15 2013: Right and wrong? Do you mean the set of values that work for a given society? Or do you mean the mythical objective right and wrong?
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      May 16 2013: both
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        May 16 2013: Well it's all in education. And education is all about creating adults that fit the society.
        Murdering ennemies is right and so is committing suicide, provided it's all part of how things work.
        I disagree when you say : " by the time he is an adult he has his own perception of the world ".
        It's the opposite. An adult is one that has understood and accepted the societiy's values ans is able to teach it in turn. People don't think on their own, we're part of a bigger mindset.
        What about today, right? Today, some of us are taught to distrust anything that doesn't come with an explanation. That's brand new in homo sapiens history. So you might think that adults nowadays are people with the right intellectual tools to ask the right questions. Sadly, most people ignore these tools. And people continue to believe that X is right and Y is wrong... for no reason other than this is what they know.
        Knowledge of right and wrong is not inborn in the Bible, interestingly.
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    May 15 2013: Good question......Maybe there is no right or wrong, only experience? I think that words also have different meanings with people, so maybe your rules for what would have to happen for something to be right or wrong maybe different from someone else's rules for what has to happen.