My name is Dr. It is, after all, a self sustaining sphere in the vastness of space. Humanitarians particularly like this metaphor because it dictates that all people must equally share the resources available. This idea appeals to their conscience and sense of morality.
Environmentalists use the metaphor of the earth as a "spaceship" in trying to persuade countries, industries and people to stop wasting and polluting our natural resources. Since we all share life on this planet, they argue, no single person or institution has the right to destroy, waste, or use more than a fair share of its resources.
But does everyone on earth have an equal right to an equal share of its resources? The spaceship metaphor can be dangerous when used by misguided idealists to justify suicidal policies for sharing our resources through uncontrolled immigration and foreign aid. In their enthusiastic but unrealistic generosity, they confuse the ethics of a spaceship with those of a lifeboat.
A true spaceship would have to be under the control of a captain, since no ship could possibly survive if its course were determined by committee. Spaceship Earth certainly has no captain; the United Nations is merely a toothless tiger, with little power to enforce any policy upon its bickering members.
If we divide the world crudely into rich nations and poor nations, two thirds of them are desperately poor, and only one third comparatively rich, with the United States the wealthiest of all. Metaphorically each rich nation can be seen as a lifeboat full of comparatively rich people. In the ocean outside each lifeboat swim the poor of the world, who would like to get in, or at least to share some of the wealth.
What should the lifeboat passengers do? First, we must recognize the limited capacity of any lifeboat.
Adrift in a Moral Sea So here we sit, say 50 people in our lifeboat. To be generous, let us assume it has room for 10 more, making a total capacity of Suppose the 50 of us in the lifeboat see others swimming in the water outside, begging for admission to our boat or for handouts.
We have several options: The boat swamps, everyone drowns. Complete justice, complete catastrophe. Since the boat has an unused excess capacity of 10 more passengers, we could admit just 10 more to it. But which 10 do we let in?
How do we choose? Do we pick the best 10, "first come, first served"?
And what do we say to the 90 we exclude? If we do let an extra 10 into our lifeboat, we will have lost our "safety factor," an engineering principle of critical importance.The “2, Years Old Kiss” The human remains of the “Hasanlu Lovers” were found in a bin with no objects.
The only feature found is a stone slab under the head of the skeleton on the left hand side. Some Moral Dilemmas. The following is a list of some moral dilemmas, mostly adapted from Moral Reasoning, by Victor Grassian (Prentice Hall, , ), with some initiativeblog.comas from Grassian are given in his own words, with comments or alterations in brackets.
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Nov 09, · The analogy of the lifeboat puts the true nature of helping the poor into perspective, in that it forces Hardin’s audience to visualize themselves in a survival situation which ultimately conveys the author’s initiativeblog.com: Write Club. Garrett Hardin in his essay “Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping the Poor” argues that not only is resource sharing is unrealistic, but that it is also detrimental since it stretches the few finite resources available to the point of ruin.
The word deontology derives from the Greek words for duty (deon) and science (or study) of (logos).In contemporary moral philosophy, deontology is one of those kinds of normative theories regarding which choices are morally required, forbidden, or permitted.