As for my opinion the ends are an illusion that we make ourselves. There are no ends in life, there are only means. Life is like a journey, and there isn't an end stop of the journey, there is only a place where your place on the journey where you stop going. Not to mention that if the ends justify the means, than any morally wrong action that leads to an morally neutral or positive result is acceptable. I could keep going for pages (i went on for over an hour IRL), however I don't want to discourage other people from posting.
03/27/2012 10:24 PMPosted by SchwartzwaldThe bolded part is just nonsense.
03/27/2012 10:24 PMPosted by SchwartzwaldRegarding the question, "Do the means justify the end?" or vice versa, my view is that the answer depends on the given situation. Specifically, what the 'means' are and what the 'end' is and who benefits and loses from this goal. I see no reason to adhere to any rigid ideology, each situation is unique we must be flexible. The answer will vary on a case by case basis.
03/28/2012 06:25 AMPosted by AstraiBut having to constantly defend the statement that something is wrong, and constantly question what is wrong and why, is the only reliable way to have a morality which is reasonable and just.
03/28/2012 06:25 AMPosted by AstraiWell, I'll start by saying: The ends to not justify the means. The closest the relationship between 'ends' and 'means' can be established is the exact opposite - the means justify the ends. How you get to a solution says a lot about the kind of person you are, or people a society is.
03/28/2012 02:04 PMPosted by AstraiOh I'm not arguing with you at all on that point; things do need to be critically examined based upon their own merits.
03/28/2012 07:26 PMPosted by PoneraDepends
03/28/2012 07:26 PMPosted by PoneraScience is more of an "if we can" question rather than a "should we"
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