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Acting morally. (For any readers of this blog interested in updates, please click this title for the new url)

I realize this issue is complicated for many; that there are arguable exceptions, so much so that universal models are impossible, but for many others, morality is clearly understood, not opaque.

I am not sure I will hold this opinion, but a moment in an argument I was having with someone brought to mind an answer that, for now, I can accept. It is simple, surely unoriginal, and might not be worth much time, but here it is:

To determine what is morally good, empathize or sympathize with those that could be effected or affected by your behavior, and, if the either is negative, determine if the benefit that could come from your behavior outwieghs the negative.

Theere are other factors, of course, such as what determines an overriding benefit. I would answer necessity, but necessity varies largely on what alternatives one has faith in; sees as viable.


That the ego might be correct is not the point.

I do not know when and where it began, and I do not know from what group or person it was first uttered, but there is an old media mantra about its perceived responsibilities.

Groups, persons, each often seem to think of themselves as having certain responsibilities. Many would agree with either on what they think should do. But sometimes we can go too far.

What is it when we do? It is arrogance. It is when we go past seeking the truth and trying to speak it, to believing only we can see it and know it. It is when we see ourselves as the hero and see villains, real or imagined, that we risk the great fortune of being heros and the terrible embarrassment of irresponsible unfairness in our effort to hold it to account.

I do not know when this began with the media. Maybe it was with Franklin, or during the Vietnam era, but, while there is some good that can come from a watchdog attitude, it is important not to be corrupted by self importance. And proclaiming themselves in a heroic fashion may be evidence that the consequence of arrogance is short at hand.


You do not understand pain because you have never experienced it!

Why do idiots say that when they know nothing about the person whom they negatively criticize for making a comment about suffering and death which they disagree with?

I answered my own question of course, they are idiots, they cannot help it.

Is that kind of presumptive stupidity common? Is it contagious?


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