As some have already stated previously, there is no such thing as right and wrong, nor justice and fairness, at least empirically, that will remain
fixed and unchanged, throughout all time. These are not objects to be objectively studied, but rather concepts, created by the minds of men, and are
as tangible as any other belief.
This is not to say that you cannot define these concepts for yourself, taking into consideration what is acceptable and otherwise, in your society,
and from this create a set of morals to live and/or judge others by. Just don't expect those morals to work for all beings, for all of time. It just
Even during my lifetime, my values have changed, and evolved, hence my morals have reflected these changes. Even a seemingly simple subject that many
seem to agree on, when combined with differing scenarios, changes the morality.
For example, I am going to assume most of us believe that taking another s life is wrong, correct? Is it always wrong, in every circumstance? Let's
run it through a few differing circumstances, shall we? What if they had something you really wanted, or they made you mad...would it be ok to take
their life then? What if they broke into your house, and were threatening to kill your loved ones? Or, if they were an enemy combatant, while you are
fighting in a war? What if they are suffering, and begging you to help them end that suffering? What if you grew up in a closed, small ,tight knit
community, and had been taught since birth that people of a certain race, or sexual orientation, were not really human in the same sense that you are,
and you perceived that they were threatening your way of life? Is it ok then? Is it worse to kill in that circumstance? And, if so, do you carry out
reciprocal penalties for those that fail, and do kill someone? So, if I murder someone (and the local social mores, and laws, are not ok with that )
in the name of fairness, should I be murdered, also? And, if so, who could do it, while also not becoming a murderer, themselves?
And that is just the tip of the iceberg on something relatively simple, and already we see that you could only judge an action as right or wrong/fair
and just, in the context of the situation, and since each situation is completely unique, it does us little good to throw around a moral blanket
statement like: 'Killing someone is wrong', when sometimes it is not even true. Which would be lying, so, is lying right or wrong? What about being
long winded on the subject? Yeah? Well, I think so too, at least in this instance, and so will end now, in the name of all that is fair and good.
Bottom line: Good/bad, right/wrong, good/evil,justice, and fairness are all about as solid as any other opinion or belief, which is 'not so much'.
Great topic, and thanks for reading my two cents worth on the subject. You did the RIGHT thing!