On 7/21/2012 7:08 PM, Stephen P. King wrote:
On 7/21/2012 3:58 PM, meekerdb wrote:
On 7/21/2012 2:57 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:

Le 19-juil.-12, à 06:47, meekerdb a écrit :

    This may be of interest to those recently discussing free-riders.


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    Unto Others


    It is the oldest and most universally recognized moral principle that was 
    over two millennia ago by the Jewish sage Hillel the Elder: “Whatsoever thou
    wouldst that men should not do to thee, do not do that to them. This is the 
    Law. The rest is only explanation.”

With comp this does not work. We are too much different, and we can never judge for another. The principle becomes: "Don't do to others what others does not want to be done on them, unless you need to defend your life". Put in another way: respect the meaning of the word "no" when said by others.

But often the "others" are unknown persons, and even if known it may be impractical to poll them.
The "others" need only be models, imaginary people. It is one's own measure of good that is needed to determine one's own behavior.

Yeah, that's how the Inquisition justified torturing people to save their souls, since by their own measure of good they knew that was more important that mere pain in this life.


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