- Jul 17, 2010
in the end its the society that punishes you, because tehy're most likely the one to enact punishment, putting aside divine intervention/random coincidence of chance.TheBear17 said:who desides right from wrong, I would imagine if your an athiest this is an even more challenging question.emeraldrafael said:Its always wrong to hurt/kill, even if you're swatting a fly. What separates a fly from say a cat really, and makes it wrong to abuse one and not the other? Why can you organize stag beetle fights and not dog fights?
The true issue is when is it justifiable, to what means is it justifiable, and will society see it as justifiable? and all of that is subjective to morals really.
Thats exactly what I mean. The question isnt right or wrong to kill, its how society views its justification. washing your hands (correctly) or brushing your teeth (correctly) kills millions of microbes and bacteria, which you can classify as living things. But the trade off is if you dont, you risk potential sickness and death, and society may view you as undesirable and dirty.Glass Joe the Champ said:If, for some bizarre insane reason, people organized events where they poured bleach onto dirty clothes for entertainment, would it be morally wrong because they're killing millions of bacteria for fun? If not, what's the distinction between bacteria and insects?emeraldrafael said:Its always wrong to hurt/kill, even if you're swatting a fly. What separates a fly from say a cat really, and makes it wrong to abuse one and not the other? Why can you organize stag beetle fights and not dog fights?
Also, you must not have seen those Oxyclean commercials, cuase thats basically an organized event to bleach the shit out of clothes.
taking it a step farther, but going on the same logic, you can also say that to treat someone medically is wrong, because it kills bacteria and germs. However, if you dont, you could die. to kill AIDS or stop cancer, each of which are living things, should be wrong because its wrong to kill. however, society sees it as justifiable, and I imagine those that would suffer from it would aslo see it as justifiable.