I admit, you have legitimate reasonings and I like I said, I can forsee a situation where it might happen, but it still feels essentially like the Watchmen dilemma of whether you have to kill a few to save many, and I just don't agree with it.
Linkara wrote:And as I've said before, a smart man can come up with a scenario in which you're forced to make a decision like that. ^_~
Yeah, in the actual situation, I'd either refuse to choose out of moral consideration to refuse to take action that would result in deaths
or I would try to save the greatest number of people and subsequently exile myself for my own personal pennance over such a choice.
It's not "Better" per se. Both choices suck.
In this case, action is the appropriate course of action because of a qualification of more human life over less human life and at that moment in time I might choose that one but I'd still punish myself for it because I should never be in a position that forces me to make such a choice.
As for condemning ourselves for making the best possible choice, I'm not saying it's for everyone. It's what I would do, because the best possible choice may still not be an ethical one I don't want to try to justify to myself unethical behavior.
Linkara wrote:Nonsense! I just didn't feel like doing philosophy today. ^_~
Why is the ideal unachievable? Sure, certain things are highly improbable (I always hesitate to say "impossible" since I don't really believe anything is impossible), like breaking the laws of physics, but why is the ideal considered to be unattainable and therefore more on the side of delusion than goal? The examples you listed are correct, of course, because by definition they are not accomplishing what they are seeking, but I don't see those as "ideals" as much as ignorance about how things actually work. And some could say that my wanting an ideal version of a person who never kills is ignorant of how the world works, yet I know that there are cops who go their entire careers without ever brandishing their weapon and there are people who've never killed anyone in their life and yet have somehow stopped a criminal.
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