Monday, January 30, 2006

The Lesser of Two Evils...

A puzzling dilemma, to be sure. Indeed, what are my ethical roots? Where are they based? What philosophies do they cling to? This is asked of the person who was brought up by wolves in the wild until she was 14. In that case, it seems that I would have to choose utilitarianism: the greatest good for the greatest number. We wolves must surivive, you know.

Alright, that's all a bit of silliness, really. In truth I had a very mainstream LDS upbringing. Let's see...let's see, let's see, let's see. As a child, well, a younger person, anyway, I'm still pretty childish, you know, anyway, as a child I would have called myself a follower of Epicurus. Yes, selfish little girl. But honestly, don't tell me that I'm the only one that kifed saltwater taffy from the supermarket barrels when you were so young? My sister used to lick the salt off the peanuts and then put them back. At least I'm not that bad. Anyway, at the age of, let's say, five, everything was about me. Lie if it'll get me out of trouble, cheat if it means I'll win, steal if it means I can get some candy. So on and so forth.

With my parents good influence this of course dissolved over the next few years and I created my own philosophies, called marxism. Just kidding. I would say once I matured up I became.................(Right now I'm choosing between Ross, Rauels, or Augustine) heavens, this is difficult. I'd like to say that I lean towards Augustine, but I think that's something that will come later in life. I'm probably more like Rauels right now, you know, with his theory of justice. Rauels believed that we have a moral obligations to protect people. I agree. I think this will become stronger in my future, and will slowly push me towards Augustine's philosophies. But for now, I'm decidedly with Rauels.

1 comment:

Bittymiah said...

But didn't Rauels also say that one of the duties was to pay reparation for wrongs done to others.

So that would mean that all your selfishness from childhood has now come back to haunt you.

To meet the duty of reparation you should go give all those stores back for all those salt water taffies.

Ethics suck.