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Thread: The best rules for society

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    Re: The best rules for society

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I find this statement to be especially troubling. As I understand it, it means you are ok with a large number of people dying, whether through lack of resources or violence as long as your ethical standard is maintained.
    Natural mortality = dieing of old age. Not war. Not crime. Not drug abuse. Not suicide.

    Yes I'm ok with large numbers of people dieing of old age every day. If it's their time then it's their time.

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    Re: The best rules for society

    There is no such thing as the "best set of rules". Best for who? All known societies has been known to have inherent differences of interests. What is in the interest of one group or class is mutually exclusive to the interests of another.

    Furthermore the best way to solve problems change over time in accordance with the historical, social and technological development of a society. Thus, even if we were somehow able to find one common set of interests for the entire society the way to suit these interests the best would change with time and new rules would be preferrable.
    The poor complain; they always do
    But thatís just idle chatter
    Our system brings reward to all
    At least all those who matter.

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    Re: The best rules for society

    Quote Originally Posted by Regicollis View Post
    There is no such thing as the "best set of rules". Best for who? All known societies has been known to have inherent differences of interests. What is in the interest of one group or class is mutually exclusive to the interests of another.

    Furthermore the best way to solve problems change over time in accordance with the historical, social and technological development of a society. Thus, even if we were somehow able to find one common set of interests for the entire society the way to suit these interests the best would change with time and new rules would be preferrable.
    It's not about making everyone happy, it's about ensuring the wellbeing of the society as a whole. What a person thinks is in their best interest is often far from beneficial, ie the now-illegal practice of Suttee in India.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sati_(practice)

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