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Greater Good: The ends justify the means
The ends justify the means.
There is nothing that exists to give meaning to an action other than what it does. Justification for means cannot come from anything other than end results.
Legally, the ends can justify the means.
(that actions should be viewed as wholes), is more correct than
(that actions should be viewed as a collection of parts).
We should care more about the total net good, rather than any good/bad on an individual level.
A society where no morally bad actions can ever be taken to achieve morally good actions would not function.
The ends can justify the means, but only if the mean to end ratio is the highest possible in the given situation.
The end never justifies the means because there is no end, only means.
This can be used as an excuse when your result was, in retrospect, overall bad.
People should not be valued only for their utility but instead they should be valued simply because they are human. People shouldn't be used as means to an end, even if it is purportedly for the greater good.
Good/bad is subjective, so the end can never absolutely justify means.
We cannot ever know the full ramifications of our actions.
Does science justify atheism?
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