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Suppose an evil king decides to do a twisted moral experiment on you. He tells you to kick a small child really hard, right in the face. If you do, he will end the experiment with no further damage. If you refuse, he will kick the child himself, and then execute that child plus a hundred innocent people.

The best solution is to somehow overthrow the king or escape the experiment. Assuming you can’t, what do you do?

There are certain moral philosophers who would tell you to refuse. Sure, the child would get hurt and lots of innocent people would die, but it wouldn’t, technically, be your fault. But if you kicked the child, well, that would be your fault, and then you’d have to feel bad about it.

But this excessive concern about whether something is your fault or not is a form of selfishness. If you sided with those philosophers, it wouldn’t be out of a concern for the child’s welfare - the child’s getting kicked anyway, not to mention executed - it would be out of concern with whether you might feel bad about it later. The desire involved is the desire to avoid guilt, not the desire to help others.

We tend to identify guilt as a sign that we’ve done something morally wrong, and often it is. But guilt is a faulty signal; the course of action which minimizes our guilt is not always the course of action that is morally right. A desire to minimize guilt is no more noble than any other desire to make one’s self feel good at the expense of others, and so a morality that follows the principle of according value to other people must worry about more than just feeling guilty.

“Tools are designed with an intended purpose. This gives the designer the ability to focus all of their energy into that one function for each tool. Hammers are for banging, pliers are for plying and adjustable wrenches are for rounding off bolt heads.”
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ozymandias271:

scientiststhesis:

eccentric-opinion:

raginrayguns:

one thing i like about utilitarianism is that doing things for yourself is just as morally good as doing things for other people

so i can think thoughts like “I may be useless but at least I’m eating this…

maraglen:

tattoosfade:

tortillastack:

science are u ok

fucktupled.

Fucktupled is the only scientific measure I use now,

maraglen:

tattoosfade:

tortillastack:

science are u ok

fucktupled.

Fucktupled is the only scientific measure I use now,

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22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and third arguments

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INTERNETS

allthingslinguistic:

karenhealey:

INTERNETS OMG

"FEELS" HAS BEEN A LEGIT TERM SINCE AT LEAST 1782:

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The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman.

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, really wrote a real letter to her mother complaining about the feels in 1782.

I love everything.

There’s also the 1917 letter to Winston Churchill, with the first recorded instance of OMG, which can be read in full here.

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nevver:

Should you go out tonight?
red-lipstick:

Peter Olschinsky and Verena Weiss from Austrian studio Atelier Olschinsky - Pixel City

red-lipstick:

Peter Olschinsky and Verena Weiss from Austrian studio Atelier Olschinsky - Pixel City

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