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This is a discussion on The end does/does not justify the means. within the Critical Thinking & Philosophy forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; 1) The end justifies the means 2) The end does not justify the means I've always been in the gray ...

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    The end does/does not justify the means.

    1) The end justifies the means
    2) The end does not justify the means

    I've always been in the gray area, some would call it a horns hold up my halo mentality. I believe the end does justify the means. For a greater good, hardship will arise and sacrifice is inevitable. This leads to the question "what is good/bad?"

    Which belief system applies to you & why have you chosen it? I'm interested to see what each type chose.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterD View Post
    1) The end justifies the means
    2) The end does not justify the means

    I've always been in the gray area, some would call it a horns hold up my halo mentality. I believe the end does justify the means. For a greater good, hardship will arise and sacrifice is inevitable. This leads to the question "what is good/bad?"

    Which belief system applies to you & why have you chosen it? I'm interested to see what each type chose.
    #1.

    Watch House MD for a more thorough explanation. He saved many lives which would have not been saved if Dr. Cameron were a head of diagnostics department. This is probably a reason why I can't stand her... aaargh she was whining all the time!

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    The 'end' does not exist -- that is only a concept in our minds. But the means are very real.

    The means are all we are. If we lose those at the sake of an imaginary 'end,' we lose our very morality. So I think it becomes quite clear that #2 is the more sound and reality-based approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xezene View Post
    The 'end' does not exist -- that is only a concept in our minds. But the means are very real.

    The means are all we are. If we lose those at the sake of an imaginary 'end,' we lose our very morality. So I think it becomes quite clear that #2 is the more sound and reality-based approach.
    Wow, very well said. After call, we cannot possibly know how things will ever end until they do...and even then, some things are not certain to last. It is vanity and pride to think that we can control all the variables that determine outcomes. I think that is called "The Law of Unintended Consequences" or something like that.
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