Saturday, 20 August 2011

The link between ethics and happiness (Part 3 of 9)

As examples of two well-meaning commandments, take for instance "protect the planet" and "help other people."

Individuals who advocate such ethics usually possess good intentions, but their formulations are so fragmentary that cannot be implemented consistently.

If you want to protect the planet, you have first to define "planet."

Does it involve only mountains or also animals and trees? If the concept encompasses animals, should it not include human beings as well? If plants and micro-organisms are both part of the planet, should you protect them from each other?

Interesting questions, for which partial ethics cannot provide unassailable answers.

To be continued in the next post.


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