"Adrian Tymes" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote on Saturday, April 08, 2000 3:38
> I've been working on a system that seems similar - perhaps you could
> tell me if it is?
> I call it "enlightened greed", and it is driven by the principle that
> the correct action is that which will benefit me most in the long term.
> The important thing is that nowhere in the decision is there
> consideration of what would be good or bad for anybody else,
Wouldn't this system lead to mass criminal behavior? If I am a skilled
hacker, then I can make money easier by stealing it than by working as a
consultant. According to your system, that would be best for me. Does your
system lead to this conclusion?
Although I can't think of a logical "proof" that I "shouldn't" steal from
other people, I still choose to increase value in my lifetime rather than
decrease it. I do not want to increase my personal gain, if it reduces the
total value in the world. I rather sell a valuable service for money rather
than defraud my customers. I'm not sure how or why this attitude should be
incorporated into an ethical system, but I still make this choice.
-- Harvey Newstrom <http://HarveyNewstrom.com> Certified Consultant, Legal Hacker, Engineer, Research Scientist, Author
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