Sunday, 21 August 2011

The link between ethics and happiness (Part 4 of 9)

If your only ethical principle is to help other people, how do you determine which individuals you should assist with priority?

If person A is expected to help person B, is person B required to help person A? What happens if B has a different opinion? Who will settle disagreements on the meaning and scope of the word "help"?

Partial ethics are unsatisfactory because they do not work in all circumstances. Principles such as those mentioned above are correct if applied in a certain context, but cannot be stretched to a full-blown system of morality.

Life is too complex to navigate if you know only one thing. Man requires a thinking methodology, not just a list of unconnected precepts.

To be continued in the next post.


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