Aug. 19th, 2012

foolsguinea: (zayra)
I'm a consequentialist, and believe that there is an objective scale of good.

I do not believe that scale corresponds very closely with socially constructed standards of good, which are reinforced by social prejudice and tend to evolve for reasons that have little to do with objective utility.

What then, is good? In my mind, it's at least party life itself in all its complexity: the biosphere and everything in it, the joy of childhood, the hummingbird in his blossom, and the wind off the sea. The purpose of life is to live. The best ethic is thus largely a sort of conservation: That which sustains and preserves, that which functions to maintain the beauty of life over the long term without irrevocably destroying and damaging those around it.

(In an lj community, someone was asking about an objective basis for morality. This is what I've got.)

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