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GUEST,bardan BS: Ethics of Opportunism (85* d) RE: BS: Ethics of Opportunism 06 Jul 10


It's interesting to note that here in Italy, if you steal medecine or food etc that you need and couldn't pay for, it doesn't legally count as theft. (It would be nicer if the government arranged things so that everyone could avoid starvation and be healthy but I'm not holding my breath.)
I think it's already been at least alluded to, but the problem with laws is that they can't be totally in line with morality. Laws place blanket condemnation or acceptance on particular acts. They are a generalised way of looking at millions of individual choices made by millions of individuals in millions of different circumstances. In other words they treat everyone unfairly in order to have a fairer and safer society. It seems paradoxical but that's how it works. Laws, by their very nature, are immoral. (They're a 'best fit' solution and we're a lot better off with them than without, but no-one should assume they have real moral value.)


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