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Is utilitarianism the superior ethical system?

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utilitarianism Pretty much means that the right thing to do is the thing that benefits the most people/has the more overall good outcome So if stealing from someone gave your family food, it's okay because that has more positive than negative elements (assuming the person you stole from had enough food) Tearing down someone's house to make way for a new power plant would be more beneficial to the overall town and future of the town, so it would be considered morally right also.
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It's the ethical system l go by
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5316-16-459362018-profile-844752-0
I heard this thing, where it's like there is a train coming and it's my going to stop, on a track that diverges. On one side there are 4 people you don't know, and the other one person you care about.
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So which side would you choose to have the train plummet through. Whoever is on the track *will* die
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@BMO(Sarah)[THB] Yea, it's kinda like that. Some people would say either the 4 people because they have a responsibility/loyalty to the other, or the 4 people because they don't want to lose that 1 person. I'd kill my loved one, assuming I was in an okay state of mind, because that has the better outcome for people overall.
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@👑MirandaKnowsWhat'sUp👑 Seriously? Wow. Okay, well there was this other scenario, where he train was already headed down the path to the 4 people, but you could switch it over to your loved one. Then what would you do?
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@BMO(Sarah)[THB] Realistically speaking, I'd be paralyzed with fear and just stare with horror. But morally speaking it would be better to murder my loved one.
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You see, is either be paralyzed, or I'd walk away. Because if I flipped the switch, then I'd actually be killing someone. If I didn't, I could just be like "oh those poor people, too bad there wasn't anything you could do to stop the train" and I wouldn't have actually done anything to kill anyone.
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@BMO(Sarah)[THB] yea true fair enough
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I'd kill the four people because the one person that I love is worth more than the four people.
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@NotYourOrdinaryGirl well they may be worth more to you but those four people are loved by many others and worth so much to their friends and family, and you'd be taking them away from them
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@👑MirandaKnowsWhat'sUp👑 yeah you're right actually. makes you think
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