Who should get my resources?

My dog, or some random kid?

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Re: Who should get my resources?

#41  Postby Jerome Da Gnome » Nov 13, 2014 2:22 am

Fallible wrote:I also don't agree that companionship is a luxury.


Imho, that is as much of a need as food and shelter.
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Re: Who should get my resources?

#42  Postby Loren Michael » Nov 13, 2014 7:44 am

this reminds me of a recent (earlier this year) campaign on the local social network regarding a 4-year-old kid in Canada who "after many chemotherapy treatments X's family have spent a fortune on his medical treatment. The doctors have said that Matthew has a 30% chance of survival. As long as there is still hope, X's parents won't give up the fight. In order to continue treatment we need to rely on everyone's support..." etc

my first thought was that the kid is probably doomed and that the money should go toward something that will have a lot of impact rather than something that will have a little impact at best
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Re: Who should get my resources?

#43  Postby trubble76 » Nov 16, 2014 3:22 pm

The most difficult thing is being honest to yourself and accepting the consequences of doing so. For example, having given this situation some thought and trying to put myself in your shoes, I have to admit to myself that I care more about a dog that I consider part of my family than I care about a kid that isn't part of my family. The consequence of this is that I must face the very real possibility that I'm an unrelenting arsehole without a moral bone in my body. This though is my choice, this is what makes me me, warts and all. My family is likely to come first, even the non-human members. As with all hypotheticals though, the actual result may be different when tested for real though.
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Re: Who should get my resources?

#44  Postby Blip » Nov 16, 2014 5:11 pm

trubble76 wrote:The most difficult thing is being honest to yourself and accepting the consequences of doing so. For example, having given this situation some thought and trying to put myself in your shoes, I have to admit to myself that I care more about a dog that I consider part of my family than I care about a kid that isn't part of my family. The consequence of this is that I must face the very real possibility that I'm an unrelenting arsehole without a moral bone in my body. This though is my choice, this is what makes me me, warts and all. My family is likely to come first, even the non-human members. As with all hypotheticals though, the actual result may be different when tested for real though.


You what, trubble? I certainly care most about those who depend on me for their welfare, regardless of species: that's my job as a responsible moral being.
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Re: Who should get my resources?

#45  Postby Fallible » Nov 16, 2014 5:17 pm

That seems rather simplistic and I suspect unlikely to be true, and if it were true I would think it rather strange. For example I have a dog which depends on me for its welfare which I care about a lot, but I don't care more about it than I do my husband who could take care of himself without me.
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Re: Who should get my resources?

#46  Postby trubble76 » Nov 16, 2014 5:28 pm

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trubble76 wrote:The most difficult thing is being honest to yourself and accepting the consequences of doing so. For example, having given this situation some thought and trying to put myself in your shoes, I have to admit to myself that I care more about a dog that I consider part of my family than I care about a kid that isn't part of my family. The consequence of this is that I must face the very real possibility that I'm an unrelenting arsehole without a moral bone in my body. This though is my choice, this is what makes me me, warts and all. My family is likely to come first, even the non-human members. As with all hypotheticals though, the actual result may be different when tested for real though.


You what, trubble? I certainly care most about those who depend on me for their welfare, regardless of species: that's my job as a responsible moral being.


You don't think it controversial to say that I'd rather save my dog than a human child? Fair enough. In most people's moral arithmetic, I would guess a human child would trump a dog but I might be wrong.
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Re: Who should get my resources?

#47  Postby Blip » Nov 17, 2014 9:14 am

trubble76 wrote:
You don't think it controversial to say that I'd rather save my dog than a human child? Fair enough. In most people's moral arithmetic, I would guess a human child would trump a dog but I might be wrong.


You wrote, inter alia (I don't think I quote mine you): 'I have to admit to myself that I care more about a dog that I consider part of my family than I care about a kid that isn't part of my family.' I feel the same way; I don't find it controversial at all.
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