Melanie is our host for Share Your World. This week’s questions are far more serious (for the most part) than usual. I’m going to do my best to stay on track with my reality.
1) Is any one person’s life worth more than another’s? Why or why not? In the general sense, I’d say no. But in the real world if someone was using a rifle to kill innocent people, then I’d say the police had the right and obligation to take the killer’s life.
2) Can a good person do evil things and remain a good person? Under what circumstances? This again depends on the circumstances and what you define as “evil.” I believe a hungry parent is not evil if they steal food to feed their children. I feel a homeowner shooting at an intruder threatening his/her family is not evil. I feel anyone hurting innocent animals or children are evil and not good people.
3) Is somebody morally culpable if they take a morally wrong action at the orders of a superior? What if their life is at stake? This is tough. How many people went to war because they were drafted and forced to use and carry a gun. Most had no choice. I had family and friends who objected to the Vietnam war. Some left the country. Some joined the reserves with the promise that they would not go to war. Some went to war and came back different people.
I’d like to believe unilaterally that if you do a morally wrong action you are still culpable. But because you were forced to do so in time of war, I have to give grace. I am not the ultimate decision maker by any means.
4) 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? Humorously, I’d say chocolate. Seriously, I’d say the right to vote.
GRATITUDE SECTION (Always optional). Given global events right now, do you have words of comfort or an uplifting thought that you’d like to share with the world?