Is it more dangerous for society to view right and wrong as totally black and white- with no exceptions, or to view right and wrong entirely as shades of grey- with no absolute truths?
What an excellent question! Hits to the very heart of the distinction between liberals and conservatives.
Thank you :)
There must be gray. Nothing is absolute.
People who see only black and white are either naive or stupid.
I know, i know....grey sounds like "compromising" and and therefore probably "corrupt". But, let's not forget that Black/White is also an "absolute" concept, one that is applied by extremists. Dictatorships are Black/White, "my way or jail/torture".
Since we are a society if laws, we must treat each person the same. These shades of grey cause subjective decisions - and therefore different "outcomes" for the same "circumstances"
Black and white! It's the way it's meant to be.
All black and white rules is far worse. Everything is situational.
I have a saying:
"There are no grey areas, only finer pixels which require greater discernment."
Is it wrong to shoot an aminal? Pretty grey!
Why would it be wrong to shoot an animal? Humans shoot animals all the time. Hunting, self defense, defense of others, etc.
That's why it's grey. Shoot your neighbors dog or cat may be more defined. Standing on the road killing someones cows is a crime.
The crime in those situations is destroying someone else's property. There is inherently wrong about killing an animal.
There is nothing* inherently wrong.
Definitely all grey.
No absolutes causes too much strife, because that leads to my opinion is better than your opinion when they are both simply opinions.
Agree. Subjective and situational boundaries will drift until the truth is unrecognizable. While there will always be gray areas, absolute truth must dominate to avoid societal erosion.
Oh, and RTR!
Black and white is tyranny. Everything is grey.
Does that mean your statement is also gray, and therefore not always true or false?
Good try, but you should know that's a juvenile response.
Go figure it out.
Why bother calling someone juvenile if you're not going to tell them why? I'm all for constructive criticism, and I want to have an intelligent discussion, but walking away now is just damaging to both of us.
Yes. I feel damaged. I will find a way to survive.
I guess my argument wasn't that juvenile, then.
Making things black and white is exactly the cause of all problems in society!
Sometimes, I feel people try to justify their wrongful actions. While everything is somewhat gray, I try to make things as white/black as possible. If you don't stand for anything, you will fall for anything.
Grey areas are where things start to fall apart. Having black and whit helps give direction and focus. I understand having exceptions, but morals should remain constant, not wishy washy.
When morals are concerned, most things fall into gray areas anyway.
But they shouldn't
It depends on your opinion of anarchism. If society had principles with no exceptions, the state would have to be abolished if the society in question thought stealing was wrong.
Interesting perspective. I've never thought it out that far but indeed even to me it has some merit; me being a big government liberal and all. Lol. I have often thought in a black and white system computers could be the judges.
It's wrong. It's not all black & white & not all gray. That's why I'm concerned with mandatory sentencing laws and zero tolerance policies. Human judgement based upon the facts nearly always improves the quality of our decisions. One man's opinion.
And yes good question.
Good question. I view most things in shades of grey because there are so many variances and different circumstances. There are some things I view as black and white though. So I'd say both.