Feb 18, 2009

What's 'BAD'?

How to draw the line between 'good' and 'bad'?
anything that cause harm or death.
anything that is a threat to human survival in a balanced ecosystem (aka. not unbalanced due to human pressure)
any limitation to basic human freedom...

Basic human freedom?
A balanced ecosystem to live in.


Benjamin David said...

Another informative post, Fred, thank you. Ethics have a lot to say about "badness" and indeed "goodness". Generally, two of the most principled fields used to decipher what is "good" and "bad" are theories known as 'consequentalism' and 'dentology'. Consequentialism can be described as follows: Of all the things a person might do at any given moment, the morally right action is the one with the best overall consequences. Deontology on the other hand entails: Always act in such a way that you can also will that the maxim of your action should become a universal law.
Act so that you treat humanity, both in your own person and in that of another, always as an end and never merely as a means.

I tend to hold the deontological view on what is good and what is bad (at least in our actions of rightness and wrongness). As Gandhi once asserted: "Be the change you want to see in the world". In addition, I hold tight to the Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity. Essentially, it is a maxim, an ethical code, or morality that essentially states either of the following:
(Positive form): One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.
(Negative/prohibitive form, also called the Silver Rule): One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated.


Paris said...

Very didactic! thx for sharing Ben.