Nolan asked in Social SciencePsychology · 1 month ago

Why does being a moral person matter?

What is the downside to only acting in self interest while manipulating people into thinking you are a good person?

2 Answers

  • 1 month ago
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    I have known completely self-serving people. I wouldn't say they were unhappy especially but they were missing out on something. Think of Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." Scrooge is not an especially unhappy person, but his life is dull. Why would one have to manipulate everybody unless one was very afraid? Looking out for Number One all the time implies fear. What's the point of living in fear?

    In any case, it matters because morality matters. Suffering matters. Well-being matters. If you don't believe that, see what you think the next time you're in pain.

  • 1 month ago

    morals are relative

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