Is any one person’s life worth more than another’s? Why or why not?

Existentially no, but there’s part of me that says I feel like some people are more worthwhile. People who devote their entire lives to doing good, like Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. Ironically I’m also certain those two people would argue their lives aren’t worth any more than anyone else’s.

Can a good person do evil things and remain a good person? Under what circumstances?

I guess that depends on what you’d define as evil things. If we’re talking like a murder level evil then…well, is it weird I still think you can be a good person?

Is somebody morally culpable if they take a morally wrong action at the orders of a superior? What if their life is at stake?

Why do I feel like I’m about to reverse my position on the last question. Yes, I think you’re morally culpable if you take a morally wrong action, even if it’s at the orders of a superior. I’m talking stuff like fire that guy for taking sick leave (he’s legally entitled to) or skim a case of booze off the inventory for the company party. But I’d say if someone’s holding a gun to your head, metaphorical or otherwise, you’re in the clear.

People had widely mixed opinions about illegal bananas, so let’s take that a step further this week:    What would be the worst thing for a government to make illegal?

Water. It’s bad enough some communities don’t have access to clean drinking water; outlawing water altogether would be the worst thing a government could do.

Given global events right now, do you have words of comfort or an uplifting thought that you’d like to share with the world?

I have to admit I’m a bit short on uplifting thoughts right now. I guess I’d have to say love. Love yourself, love your neighbor, let’s see how much things improve if we just start there.

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