On 1/2/2013 12:46 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Wednesday, January 2, 2013 3:05:10 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote:
On 1/2/2013 11:13 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:57:34 PM UTC-5, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 02 Jan 2013, at 02:01, Craig Weinberg wrote:
Chemotherapy Good or Evil?
Better than nothing for most people having some disease.
Worst than THC injection, plausibly for the same group of people.
Here the Evil is only in the fact that minorities hides information
majority, and this for the minority's interests.
This leads to harmful consequences for the majority.
I was thinking more of how chemotherapy is ambiguous as far as it being
which can enhance life by inevitably diminishing it, but sure, the politics
is an issue also.
If I had to get into a definition of good and evil I would go more toward a
political direction - senseless inequality of power tends to lead to
crime. Crime and corruption tends to lead to scapegoating or a misuse of
combination of corrupt actions and distortion of truth to cover them up is
as close to evil as I can think of.
Anything that causes great net suffering of people can be considered evil:
small pox, AIDS, tsunamis,... I see no reason to limit it to
Do you think that viruses and tsunamis are well served by the label 'Evil'?
?? I'm not interested in serving them. Values are human values and each person has his
own - although there is a lot of consistency. I think society and individuals are well
served by labeling some viruses and tsunamis as 'evil' because that means we should
cooperate to mitigate them. And in fact we have: We eliminated small pox. We created a
tsunami warning system. Actions I count as good.
Unfortunately it is the prerogative of evil that to seem so is to
--- Bertrand Russell
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