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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    How does one choose one's moral limits? I mean beyond, "I won't litter because it's dirty and gross", or "I won't hit children because that makes me a bully picking on someone smaller and weaker than myself".

    How does one choose "I will break the law and kill THIS time for my own purposes, but perhaps not next time"? This is different from killing in war or killing someone who's invaded your home, I think, because it implies duress and a temporary survival scenario.
    This is one of the problems with the thinking on morality, currently. A lot of people think that things just simply are good or bad and don't bother with the reasons for why. (to clarify, I don't think that you are doing this)

    For example, why is it different than killing in war?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    How does one choose one's moral limits? I mean beyond, "I won't litter because it's dirty and gross", or "I won't hit children because that makes me a bully picking on someone smaller and weaker than myself".

    How does one choose "I will break the law and kill THIS time for my own purposes, but perhaps not next time"? This is different from killing in war or killing someone who's invaded your home, I think, because it implies duress and a temporary survival scenario.
    I think it depends on the circumstances. Someone who has no reservation about killing may still refrain in certain situations because there is a greater risk of getting caught or some other negative consequence. Also, some people are moody and don't have a consistent thinking pattern. If they have contradictory values, a loosely defined sense of morality, and a general lack of empathy or selective empathy, there probably isn't much rationality in their decisions.

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    @Domino I'd highly recommend reading Capote's 'In Cold Blood' if you haven't done so already. It touches on some of the psychological issues you mentioned irc and is a stellar novel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    How does one choose one's moral limits? I mean beyond, "I won't litter because it's dirty and gross", or "I won't hit children because that makes me a bully picking on someone smaller and weaker than myself".

    How does one choose "I will break the law and kill THIS time for my own purposes, but perhaps not next time"? This is different from killing in war or killing someone who's invaded your home, I think, because it implies duress and a temporary survival scenario.
    They don't have moral limits themselves, but by trial and error they learn other people have and can opt for the best approach taking that into account. They don't see it in terms of bad / good, they basically just see in terms of risk/reward. There's this interesting blog I sometimes read, where a sociopath talks about himself and some sociopath readers also contribute. Some posts are very informative.
    http://www.sociopathworld.com/
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    A man creates. A parasite says, 'What will the neighbors think?'
    A man invents. A parasite says, 'Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God... '


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