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Do the ends justify the means?
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Do the ends justify the means?

Warning: this is gonna be a long post.

So, I just finished watching Minority Report (awesome movie btw) and it raises a very interesting question. In the movie, three individuals endure extreme suffering- not by choice- in order to save thousands of lives. My question: is this morally wrong? If those three were relieved from their suffering, many people would die. Yes, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, but how far should we go in pursuing the needs of the many? Is it right to force those few into agony to save the thousands of lives at stake? Or should the three be spared the pain and liberated, regardless of the terrible consequences? If they are subjected to suffering for the greater good, do they have any right to refuse? What if those few must die? I guess this is just another case of “do the ends justify the means”. And honestly, i'm not sure what I think. The cost of personal freedom (to refuse the suffering) seems so great…perhaps there are times when a few individuals must be sacrificed for the benefit of a larger group…well, I don’t really know.
What do you guys think?
03-27-2008 12:42 AM
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Do the ends justify the means? - dreamer... - 03-27-2008 12:42 AM
Re: Do the ends justify the means? - liq3 - 03-27-2008, 04:09 PM
Re: Do the ends justify the means? - Jonno - 03-27-2008, 04:36 PM
Re: Do the ends justify the means? - liq3 - 03-27-2008, 07:58 PM

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