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Title: Right or Wrong?
Post by: autumn08 on February 16, 2016, 08:36:09 pm
What makes an action right or wrong? Is it the intention or the consequence? If it is the intention, then what is the right intention? If it is the consequence, then what is the right consequence?
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Dayta on February 16, 2016, 09:25:25 pm
The intention, to be sure.  Now, one must consider as well whether or not appropriate care is taken as well, in the planning and performance of an action, as part of the intention.  For example, let's think about the action of throwing a stone in the air.  For you, alone in your backyard, tossing a stone into the air is not a bad-intentioned action.  If a bird happens to fly by as you toss the stone, and it's hit as the stone descends back to earth, you have a bad consequence.  But the intention was not bad, and you probably took an appropriate measure of care.  So I would say this action is not "wrong" or "bad."  Now, if instead you tossed a stone over a fence where you were blind to what's behind it, you probably did not take an appropriate measure of care.  And so whether or not anyone was there or anyone was hurt, that action was probably "wrong."

A "good" intention may be one that includes what's best for you, what's best for others, or maybe both, if possible.  It's a rather vague question, did you have something more specific in mind? 
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: XKimX on February 16, 2016, 09:41:31 pm
Right or wring is a moral question, implying that there is some external source of judgement.

How about: Did it work as I intended, or not?
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: autumn08 on February 17, 2016, 01:09:31 pm
A "good" intention may be one that includes what's best for you, what's best for others, or maybe both, if possible.  It's a rather vague question, did you have something more specific in mind?

No, you answered my question very well. Maybe a less ambiguous way of stating my question, is by asking how you determine your moral values.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: KathyLauren on February 17, 2016, 01:51:11 pm
Intention or consequences?  Hmm, a bit of both I would say.  The intention has to be there or it doesn't count (doing good by accident isn't a moral choice), but intending to do good and screwing it up isn't as good as intending to do good and succeeding.

As to how you define good or bad, a good intention is one that seeks to reduce suffering (both one's own and that of others).  A good consequence is one that succeeds in reducing suffering.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: autumn08 on February 17, 2016, 10:41:02 pm
Thank you for your excellent responses, everyone!  :)
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: AnonyMs on February 17, 2016, 10:48:30 pm
I think its a little more complicated.

Is it right or wrong to eat your partner after sex? Spider's do it. Whats the difference?
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Amanda_Combs on February 17, 2016, 11:15:25 pm
It seems to me that the intention and consequences are two different stages of good or bad actions.  Because you can't know the ultimate consequences of your actions beforehand, you have to act with good intentions and then witness the consequences and adjust your actions until the good intentions achieve good consequences.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Tysilio on February 17, 2016, 11:28:58 pm
"The road to hell... "
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Cindy on February 18, 2016, 12:33:58 am
Intention or consequences?  Hmm, a bit of both I would say.  The intention has to be there or it doesn't count (doing good by accident isn't a moral choice), but intending to do good and screwing it up isn't as good as intending to do good and succeeding.

As to how you define good or bad, a good intention is one that seeks to reduce suffering (both one's own and that of others).  A good consequence is one that succeeds in reducing suffering.

A slippery slope indeed! That person is suffering, therefore I will kill them to remove their suffering. Nope!
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: KathyLauren on February 18, 2016, 06:59:26 am
A slippery slope indeed! That person is suffering, therefore I will kill them to remove their suffering. Nope!
Real life is never that simple.  Pema Chodron, a noted Buddhist writer, draws a distinction between true compassion and what she calls 'idiot compassion'.  True compassion has to be well thought out.

Why do you say 'Nope' to that scenario?  Because you are perhaps considering how the victim might feel in their last moments as they realize what is about to happen.  Because perhaps you are considering the effect on the victim's family and friends.  In other words, you are considering all the ripples of suffering that the action might cause and are wondering if the superficial reduction of suffering of an unthought act are worth it.  When acting with compassion, you have to consider all the consequences.

Can you know all the consequences of one's actions?  No, of course not.  But that doesn't absolve you from thinking about them and trying to anticipate them.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Tech_Nymph on February 18, 2016, 08:56:57 am
Right and wrong, good and bad. These are words coined in language by humans. Humans however like their creations have flaws.

To simplify the statement you come to morality. Morality is but a system of values taught to children typically at a young age. However the teachers, being human, aren't perfect.
Therefore morality in itself is flawed.
Even in the impossible event that morality was perfected, it's premise of existence is to teach inner judgement which is another impossibility to be perfected by human.

It's a flawed concept made by flawed individuals with flawed results.
It somewhat functions to temper those to cooperate in society.

But in reality, right and wrong don't exist.
It is an imposed figment of thought.

The less popular opinions are always fun. :icon_chick:
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: DiamondBladee on March 01, 2016, 05:57:25 pm
What makes an action right or wrong? Is it the intention or the consequence? If it is the intention, then what is the right intention? If it is the consequence, then what is the right consequence?

No action is right.  No action is wrong.  It's only not right, and not wrong.

I used to practice until I got it right.  But perfection doesn't exist.  Total failure doesn't exist either; it's impossible to not do something right for someone.  That's why I practice until I'm not doing something wrong.

Eventually the positivity and negativity in these actions balance each other back out anyway.  Sort of like a fate destined by karma, but it's never done the exact same way.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Paul Muad-Dib on March 03, 2016, 04:13:16 am
Morality is entirely subjective. One group of people somewhere may think tattoos are morally repugnant; another group on the other side of the world who never had contact with the first might view tattoos as a necessary right of passage or religion affirmation. Humans made up right and wrong and it varies among them so much you might as well not even ask the question "what is right or what is wrong?" but only "what is possible, and what is not?"

As such neither the intention nor the consequence is right or wrong, or matters at all in the universe except to us in our little human circus.

Within the circus... well in a court of law the intention usually determines the severity if a crime. A crime of passion is treated lighter than a calculated and 'cold blooded' murder for example. So most will probably say the intention. I'm not so sure. If World War two happened as a consequence of Hitler not having the intention or knowledge to cause it (hypothetically) would you let him off the hook? The fact dictators often get hanged or shot long after they've been defeated or declawed suggests intent and consequence are equally powerful, but moreso is having someone to blame for 'evil'.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: autumn08 on April 12, 2016, 10:24:40 am
Morality is entirely subjective. One group of people somewhere may think tattoos are morally repugnant; another group on the other side of the world who never had contact with the first might view tattoos as a necessary right of passage or religion affirmation. Humans made up right and wrong and it varies among them so much you might as well not even ask the question "what is right or what is wrong?" but only "what is possible, and what is not?"

As such neither the intention nor the consequence is right or wrong, or matters at all in the universe except to us in our little human circus.

Within the circus... well in a court of law the intention usually determines the severity if a crime. A crime of passion is treated lighter than a calculated and 'cold blooded' murder for example. So most will probably say the intention. I'm not so sure. If World War two happened as a consequence of Hitler not having the intention or knowledge to cause it (hypothetically) would you let him off the hook? The fact dictators often get hanged or shot long after they've been defeated or declawed suggests intent and consequence are equally powerful, but moreso is having someone to blame for 'evil'.

I'm sorry, I didn't realize this thread was once revitalized.

While cultures disagree on what is moral, morality is a universal concept. The way I would define morality is acting how if everyone always acted in your particular situation, you believe social utility would be maximized.

This definition still leaves all questions about how to act open. When should you lie? When should you favor a loved one? I think my answer does explain though, what it means to assess a situation morally.

On your point about Hitler, I think it is an illustration of my prior point. If Hitler, with his limited knowledge, thought he was making the world a better place, then he was acting morally, but if you didn't try to stop him and punish him, you would be acting immorally.

I think morality is an interesting philosophical concept and necessary to create purpose and fiction, but otherwise not very useful. Morality doesn't change our actions as we all already have justified them, it has nothing to do with why we act (increase pleasure/pain ratio), and it doesn't tell us which actions actually do maximize social utility.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Paul Muad-Dib on April 13, 2016, 07:44:34 pm
I think various common moralities, inc. religious, originate from logical social animal behaviors, and in human groups did maximize social utility.

Why is murder 'bad', why is rape 'bad', why is stealing 'immoral', why is adultery or promiscuity frowned on? These are all things arguably conductive in some capacity to potential social disharmony, breakdown or harm. 

In the biological sense, inasmuchas morality is a non-physical manifestation of logical animal behaviors or meme that aided group survival, it might as well be considered a universal concept of necessity. Wolf packs have ordered behavior; chimp troops also do... just about any highly social species has the beginnings and the trappings of a social order and the perception of acceptable and non-acceptable behaviors. Monkeys trained by humans to play rule-based card games appear to know and take offense at being cheated and seeing the rules flouted by a human player. The creation of behavioral rules seems inevitable across the board with any social species.

So yes, it's universal to higher social animals imo, and is just a product of evolution because it helped survival. But what defines right and wrong is only ever the changeable environment. Rules (morals) are a given, what the rules will be depends on other things.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Marlee on April 13, 2016, 07:53:36 pm
Right or wring is a moral question, implying that there is some external source of judgement.

How about: Did it work as I intended, or not?

I defintely agree on this point. a great example is the atomic bomb. it was the right decision to save millions of lives - both Japanese and American. But I doubt anyone in Nagasaki felt that it was right. And it sure wasn't right for mankind either. The scientists that developed it realized that.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Paul Muad-Dib on April 13, 2016, 07:56:52 pm
Was it? Was there not some other way that may not have counted as many deaths as the two atomic bombings racked up? We will never know.

It's easy to say something so awful was right in hindsight, I think. But really, who knows.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: autumn08 on April 13, 2016, 08:15:08 pm
I think various common moralities, inc. religious, originate from logical social animal behaviors, and in human groups did maximize social utility.

Why is murder 'bad', why is rape 'bad', why is stealing 'immoral', why is adultery or promiscuity frowned on? These are all things arguably conductive in some capacity to potential social disharmony, breakdown or harm. 

In the biological sense, inasmuchas morality is a non-physical manifestation of logical animal behaviors or meme that aided group survival, it might as well be considered a universal concept of necessity. Wolf packs have ordered behavior; chimp troops also do... just about any highly social species has the beginnings and the trappings of a social order and the perception of acceptable and non-acceptable behaviors. Monkeys trained by humans to play rule-based card games appear to know and take offense at being cheated and seeing the rules flouted by a human player. The creation of behavioral rules seems inevitable across the board with any social species.

So yes, it's universal to higher social animals imo, and is just a product of evolution because it helped survival. But what defines right and wrong is only ever the changeable environment. Rules (morals) are a given, what the rules will be depends on other things.

I agree, the origin of morality is quite transparent. Well said!
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Marlee on April 14, 2016, 09:02:41 pm
Was it? Was there not some other way that may not have counted as many deaths as the two atomic bombings racked up? We will never know.

It's easy to say something so awful was right in hindsight, I think. But really, who knows.

well we do know that a full-scale invasion of the Japanese islands would have been a bloodbath on both sides and include the native populations. So it can be deduced that far more lives would have been lost. The total deaths attributed to the two bombs is just over 200,000. Some estimates of what the alternative would : 200 to 550 thousand allied deaths, and native populations in the millions.
But back to the topic, the mindset of 1945..it was good because it saved so many mothers from losing their sons. In hindsight 2016, it can be seen as wrong because of the deaths and the fact that it changed the world forever.
(but the research gave us x-rays, surgical machinery..and yes..our beloved microwave oven..)
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Dena on April 14, 2016, 09:15:57 pm
well we do know that a full-scale invasion of the Japanese islands would have been a bloodbath on both sides and include the native populations. So it can be deduced that far more lives would have been lost. The total deaths attributed to the two bombs is just over 200,000. Some estimates of what the alternative would : 200 to 550 thousand allied deaths, and native populations in the millions.
But back to the topic, the mindset of 1945..it was good because it saved so many mothers from losing their sons. In hindsight 2016, it can be seen as wrong because of the deaths and the fact that it changed the world forever.
(but the research gave us x-rays, surgical machinery..and yes..our beloved microwave oven..)
The genie was out of the bottle before WWII, America, England, Russia, Germany and even Japan had the knowledge and were working toward a bomb. Second guessing this one is wrong because had we not developed and used the bomb first, the world would have not been aware of it's destructive power and the first time the bomb would have been used in war might have been by a not so friendly power. There are indications that Japan set off a single nuclear weapon before the war ended but they lacked the ability to produce a second before the war ended.

A question like this is far more complex than it first appears.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Deborah on April 15, 2016, 03:31:15 am
We killed as many people with incendiary bombs in Tokyo so the outrage about the two nuclear blasts is selective.  Overall though in both Japan and Germany the allies conducted terror bombing of civilian populations in an effort to break their will.  Today we would call that a war crime and had we lost the war many of our politicians and Generals would have been hung for it.


Sapere Aude
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Paul Muad-Dib on April 22, 2016, 04:16:22 pm
I wonder if the allies had dropped an A-bomb somewhere else instead (such as a certain famous mountain) whether that would have been a visible enough display of the utter destructive power of that weapon that would have been enough for the Emperor, or any head of state anywhere, instead of on two cities. But, I know they chose those two cities for strategic reasons, and that the Emperor was not in the level of control over the Japanese military as the Allies at first believed, and that the Allies probably wanted to see what the two bombs could actually do.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Deborah on April 22, 2016, 04:27:04 pm
If we had possessed more bombs we might have tried that.  But at the time we only had two so they used them where they thought they would have the greatest effect on the Japanese decision to surrender.


Sapere Aude
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Soli on April 22, 2016, 05:32:39 pm
'' Imagine that an out of control trolley is speeding towards a group of five people. You are standing on a footbridge above, next to a large man. If you push him off the bridge onto the track below, his body will stop the trolley before it hits the five people. He will die, but the five others will be saved. Should you push the man off the bridge? ''

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/want-be-popular-you-d-better-follow-some-simple-moral-rules
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Dena on April 22, 2016, 05:33:48 pm
We had three bombs to use at the time and more that would have been available latter on but the time lag would have been months.

As for bombing a famous mountain, Japan figured we only had one bomb and the first bomb didn't bring a surrender. It took two in order to change their mind. Had we dropped one where nobody was injured, they might have figured we didn't have the courage to use the bomb on a population center. Japan consider us to be inferior because we didn't always fight to the death. The warrior culture at the time felt that the loss of the civilian population was an acceptable tradeoff to preserve the rule of the emperor and the military. Not all the military felt this way but those close to the emperor did.

We make a huge mistake if we think our enemy has the same values and thinks the same way we do. Not understanding our enemy is deadly.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Marlee on April 22, 2016, 05:56:32 pm
'' Imagine that an out of control trolley is speeding towards a group of five people. You are standing on a footbridge above, next to a large man. If you push him off the bridge onto the track below, his body will stop the trolley before it hits the five people. He will die, but the five others will be saved. Should you push the man off the bridge? ''

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/want-be-popular-you-d-better-follow-some-simple-moral-rules
I say no. but if that large man asks you to push him off, and you realize why,as he has, then you are helping his heroics.
lately I've been watching some videos about Mount Everest. Near the top, is what they call the "death zone" a human will die without supplemental oxygen. A mistake can be fatal, since even a twisted ankle might mean you cannot make the trip back down out the death zone.
Going up, a group of climbers encountered a man who was frozen, but still barely alive. he cannot walk. you cannot carry him. There is no way he is getting down from there. Do you spend time with him, depleting your own oxygen supply? do you walk right by and complete your summit climb? Do you turn around and go back down because you cannot help him?  Are any of these options right..or wrong?
Every climber that goes up there know this unwritten rule...but does that make it right to just pass a dying person?
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Soli on April 22, 2016, 07:50:21 pm
I don't know what I would do in the trolley out of control situation, probably nothing as I would only figure out what happened the day after  :P

but what is right and wrong refers to a given set of values that a certain group of people agree on, nothing more, there is no right and no wrong, only opinions about it... morality.

I remember that when I was young my mother would tell me what is wrong and right and it always seemed to me totally nuts, didn't make any sense. How in the world could there be a good war? My mom used to say that: it would take a good war to fix things up.

For some people, the fact that I'm crossing the gender fence to the other side is totally wrong. For me it's not wrong.

so in the absolute, there is no right nor wrong.

The Aztecs used to do human sacrifices and that was not wrong for them, it was right. Young people were proud to be sacrificed. It was wrong to the Catholic Spaniards who got there, so they killed everyone  :P
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Soli on April 22, 2016, 07:57:26 pm
but the article explains why moral choices are very popular

"(...)Over the course of nine experiments, we found that people who took a deontological approach to the dilemmas (refusing to kill an innocent person, even when this maximised the greater good) were seen as more trustworthy than those who advocated a more flexible, consequentialist approach."

" (...) But this wasn’t the whole story: simply deciding whether or not to sacrifice an innocent person was not the only thing that mattered. We also found that how the choice was made was crucial. Someone who had decided to sacrifice one life to save five – but had found that decision difficult – was trusted more than someone who had found the decision easy."
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Paul Muad-Dib on April 23, 2016, 10:41:25 am
We make a huge mistake if we think our enemy has the same values and thinks the same way we do. Not understanding our enemy is deadly.

Pearl Harbor made that clear at the time, I suppose.

The interesting thing about the Japanese military was that it was not really under the direct control of the Emperor in the same sense and capacity the American armed forces were under the U.S. government. The military caste was almost self-operating during WW2 at several points. A good deal of misinformation was spread by the military in Japan about what the Americans would do if they conquered Japan, and apparently some civilians and their children literally jumped to their deaths or committed suicide on hearing the Japanese defeat, not because of a sense of shame but because they feared the Americans would rape and murder their way through the population as a matter of course. Some of those Kamikaze pilots were literally forced into their planes because they did not want to go, glorious though some must have said it would be. The impression I have gotten from reading quite a number of accounts on the subject is that Japan was both socially cohesive but also highly fragmented as a nation, particularly in terms of who is ever "in charge" at any one time (Japanese bureaucracy is a nightmare now and then); not everyone thought the same way. However going against the Japanese status quo/tenural hierarchies is demonstrably near-impossible there.

the Emperor has never been a particularly powerful figurehead in terms of what he could actually do. As the symbolic owner of all land in Japan though, it would have been up to him to turn it over to the winning Americans.

For a nation so apparently steeped in warrior culture and values, where public shame was popularly believed to be worse than death, Japan saw sense very quickly. And recovered very quickly too, for a nation that supposedly believed so strongly in victory or death.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Deborah on April 23, 2016, 10:50:48 am
Quote
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
– Sun Tzu, The Art of War

We used to understand this and it was the reason we used to win wars instead of drawing them out into interminable morasses.  Well, that and hiding the ugly reality from the voting public through censorship of the press.


Sapere Aude
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Dayta on April 23, 2016, 12:59:19 pm
so in the absolute, there is no right nor wrong.

I don't buy this.  In the trolley example, as taught by academic ethicists, you may not throw the man under the bus, so to speak, in order to try and save more people.  It's a very different case if you are faced with pushing someone out from in front of it in order to save them, as you WOULD have an obligation to act.  If you make the choice of pushing the man, then that's YOUR choice.  You choose to kill him, despite the fact that it may save others.  Unless it was you that set the trolley in motion in the first place, you don't have an obligation there, nor a responsibility to determine who or how many people die. 
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Soli on April 23, 2016, 06:03:15 pm
Dayta that quote from me has nothing to do with the trolley example, I was lost in my own reflections

I don't remember studying this trolley situation in an academic context and didn't know that that one was a twist from the original, is that what you're saying?

Still, I can't see why or how I would have an obligation to act. What is the original ethic problem exactly?
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Soli on April 25, 2016, 01:40:40 pm
my English is not perfect and I realize now that my thoughts would have been better expressed if I would have written it this way, rather.

Dayta that quote from me is not directly related to the trolley example, I was lost in my own reflections
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Dayta on April 27, 2016, 11:24:12 pm
Dayta that quote from me has nothing to do with the trolley example, I was lost in my own reflections

Yes, I'm sorry for pinning that on you, I understand that your statement was not addressing the trolley problem. 

In short, the "trolley problem" is a series of thought exercises regarding whether or not to act when presented with choices where not acting vs acting to save people vs acting to kill one person and save many are weighed on their relative merits. 
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: autumn08 on April 28, 2016, 02:39:15 pm
I don't buy this.  In the trolley example, as taught by academic ethicists, you may not throw the man under the bus, so to speak, in order to try and save more people.  It's a very different case if you are faced with pushing someone out from in front of it in order to save them, as you WOULD have an obligation to act.  If you make the choice of pushing the man, then that's YOUR choice.  You choose to kill him, despite the fact that it may save others.  Unless it was you that set the trolley in motion in the first place, you don't have an obligation there, nor a responsibility to determine who or how many people die.

I don't understand how you're connecting choice and obligation. Every action, whether active or passive, is a choice.

Since we can't escape moral arithmetic, in the trolley situation, I would use my definition of morality (reply #14), and ask would the world be a better place if we always threw the person under the bus, or not. (For obvious reasons, it wouldn't.)

P.S. I'm just arguing for the fun of it and to learn new perspectives.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Dee Marshall on April 28, 2016, 05:28:47 pm
well we do know that a full-scale invasion of the Japanese islands would have been a bloodbath on both sides and include the native populations. So it can be deduced that far more lives would have been lost. The total deaths attributed to the two bombs is just over 200,000. Some estimates of what the alternative would : 200 to 550 thousand allied deaths, and native populations in the millions.
But back to the topic, the mindset of 1945..it was good because it saved so many mothers from losing their sons. In hindsight 2016, it can be seen as wrong because of the deaths and the fact that it changed the world forever.
(but the research gave us x-rays, surgical machinery..and yes..our beloved microwave oven..)
We had no idea what the real affects of an atomic bomb were when we dropped it. Even later in the fifties they would perform tests where soldiers were given powerful sunglasses, placed near the blast zone and told to dig in.

My father was in Japan at the end of the war. He didn't talk about it much but he was part of the cleanup in either Nagasaki or Hiroshima. No one realized that they were endangering those soldiers lives. Eventually he died of cancer.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Paul Muad-Dib on May 02, 2016, 03:18:39 pm
It's quite amazing to see Hiroshima and Nagasaki as they stand today. Normal cities, full of people going about their everyday business. It's almost incredible to me, seeing that juxtaposed with epicenter photographs just after the bombs of an abject wasteland.

The bombs did change the world (and war) forever. But it was going to be realized by someone, somewhere. It was an idea "whose time had come," in our age, and there was no avoiding it, I suppose. If the current number of human casualties from atomic bombs and testing remain the only ones for all time, I think I would say that would be a miracle of sorts, too, because it could have been so many more.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Alex Forbes on June 08, 2016, 06:38:15 pm
What a fascinating and difficult question to ponder.

Right and wrong are moral decisions. They are evaluated by the social group and often codified in law. They can be informed by religious beliefs, but not necessarily so. The rub is that social groups evolve, right and wrong is reevaluated, and laws change accordingly.

I guess what I'm saying is that right and wrong are not fixed conditions in the universe. They are human constructs.

On the other hand, I might be entirely wrong :D
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Just Me Here on August 10, 2016, 01:18:39 pm
I often wondered whether right or wrong really existed. It seemed so often that morality has been used as a truncheon to bring outliers into order. Is that not itself immoral and hypocritical.
I find it to be far more illusory than that. Good intentions are often not good enough, so is the road to hell paved. And yet good can arise out of what we would see as the most despicable of actions.
Trying to be perfectly right is not enough when the world we live in is not perfect, a world in which the best actions can be subverted, often by good intentions.
I think it is better to give up on thinking of what is right and wrong as a way of informing our actions. Instead we should try and raise the standards of life and happiness for everyone who shares this world with us. Yes it might fail, yes it might explode in our faces. But keep on picking ourselves back up and keep on soldiering on until we create a world better than ourselves, and selves better than our dreams.
Title: Re: Right or Wrong?
Post by: Marlee on August 11, 2016, 07:15:03 am
maybe I simplify way too much. But I believe it comes down to two simple things. Caring, or not caring. Caring will ultimately lead to right. Not caring leaves the door open to wrong.