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HayleyS October 19th, 2013 8:09pm

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?

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kermie gaytopia
10/19/13 10:17 pm

What an excellent question! Hits to the very heart of the distinction between liberals and conservatives.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
10/19/13 9:17 pm

There must be gray. Nothing is absolute.

Scrazzle Winter is Coming
10/19/13 5:54 pm

People who see only black and white are either naive or stupid.

DenisC NYC Rome Miami Beach
10/19/13 5:01 pm

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".

10/19/13 3:26 pm

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"

TeaPartier Dont Tread on Me
10/19/13 2:31 pm

Black and white! It's the way it's meant to be.

10/19/13 2:27 pm

All black and white rules is far worse. Everything is situational.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/19/13 2:10 pm

I have a saying:
"There are no grey areas, only finer pixels which require greater discernment."

rons screw politicians
10/19/13 2:03 pm

Is it wrong to shoot an aminal? Pretty grey!

swervin Maryland
10/19/13 2:37 pm

Why would it be wrong to shoot an animal? Humans shoot animals all the time. Hunting, self defense, defense of others, etc.

rons screw politicians
10/19/13 2:47 pm

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.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/19/13 2:51 pm

The crime in those situations is destroying someone else's property. There is inherently wrong about killing an animal.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/19/13 2:51 pm

There is nothing* inherently wrong.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
10/19/13 1:45 pm

No absolutes causes too much strife, because that leads to my opinion is better than your opinion when they are both simply opinions.

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
10/19/13 2:57 pm

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.

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
10/19/13 1:33 pm

Black and white is tyranny. Everything is grey.

beanD California
10/19/13 1:51 pm

Does that mean your statement is also gray, and therefore not always true or false?

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
10/19/13 1:56 pm

Good try, but you should know that's a juvenile response.

beanD California
10/19/13 2:04 pm

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.

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
10/19/13 2:06 pm

Yes. I feel damaged. I will find a way to survive.

beanD California
10/19/13 2:07 pm

I guess my argument wasn't that juvenile, then.

DrReid Ever present.
10/19/13 1:32 pm

Making things black and white is exactly the cause of all problems in society!

(Hint hint)

political Georgia
10/19/13 1:27 pm

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.

Ernest Make it so
10/19/13 1:24 pm

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.

Skarface Banned
10/19/13 1:19 pm

When morals are concerned, most things fall into gray areas anyway.

kscott516 EB rules
10/19/13 1:27 pm

But they shouldn't

MisterE Conservistan
10/19/13 1:17 pm

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.

bringstheeagle Colorado
10/19/13 1:21 pm

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.

bringstheeagle Colorado
10/19/13 1:15 pm

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.

bringstheeagle Colorado
10/19/13 1:16 pm

And yes good question.

10/19/13 1:14 pm

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.