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Old 10-15-2005, 11:03 AM
IronUnkind IronUnkind is offline
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Default Re: Absolute Morals, Sins of Commission vs Omission etc.

You should nitpick more carefully. The areas in my reply which you highlight were both sarcastic.

Let me be clear. Button three is the most obviously moral choice. Non-participation is significantly less moral. And it is decidedly immoral if we assume that refusal to participate will not influence the government policy. For the sake of the question, I make that assumption.

The main reason that it's easy to become a "desk murderer" is disassociation of one's actions and their consequences. David's scenario does a nice job of removing the desk, and because of this, I doubt that even very greedy people would fail to choose button three (at least not on day one). Some might pass the buck, but only a very few would take the cash.
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