Thursday, July 22, 2010

Moral philosophy quiz answers (9)

9. INDIVIDUAL & OTHERS Is the self-pleasure or self-preservation of the individual ever in conflict with the same type of interests of others?
    a) No, and virtuous living is consistently beneficial to the individual and the community.
    b) Yes, and it is wrong to be selfish, one should lean towards benevolence.
   c) Yes, and neither the interest of own self nor the interest of the other is more important.
    d) Yes, and acting in one's own self-interest is fine.
    e) Yes, and acting in one's own self-interest is morally essential.
    f) Doesn't matter/Dislike all answer choices
      What priority do you place on your selection above? High    Medium    Low
The words "selfish" and "lean towards" are vitally important here. I can think of lots of situations where one should act in self interest. If the jurisdiction you live in is spending itself into oblivion and you think financial collapse is coming you should by all means move out now if you can (That means you if you live in Illinois or California; get out while the getting is good). It's not selfish to refuse to go along with the apparently suicidal wishes of the public and its government.

1 comment:

  1. I chose b) also with High priority. And I also agree that there are many situations where one should act in one's own interests, e.g., trying not to expose oneself to people who are sick so that you don't get sick if your livelihood depends on your being able to work every day (self-employed, no sick days).