Is any one person’s life worth more than another’s? Why or why not?
In general the answer to this question would have to be no. If a person kills a person then is it fair for them also to die. Not really. But by putting them in prison for life then everyone else is paying for them to be clothed and fed and everything else and is that really fair on everyone either. This is a thorny dilemma because in general no one’s life should be more worthy than another person’s life but I guess there have to be circumstances where some people’s are.
Can a good person do evil things and remain a good person? Under what circumstances?
I think that depends on what a person is doing and whether or not it is intrinsically evil. You could argue that being a solider in a war is doing evil things as killing others is evil but that does not make any person fighting in a war evil per se. I think that if you do evil things on purpose then you cannot be a good person.
Is somebody morally culpable if they take a morally wrong action at the orders of a superior? What if their life is at stake?
In certain circumstance, such as war, then probably yes, but that is not something that I would ever want to actually happen to anyone, but I know has happened to millions of people and will happen to millions of other people. Personally I would not want to be put in such a position where that was a possibility.
People had widely mixed opinions about illegal bananas, so let’s take that a step further this week: What would be the worst thing for a government to make illegal?
Coffee because I love coffee and I am not sure that I could live without coffee, especially in the mornings.