Rationally Selfish Webcast! As always, it’s on Sunday morning at 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET. You can watch the webcast and join in the text chat via www.RationallySelfish.com. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers will be my audio co-host, as usual.
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Each week, I answer questions on practical ethics and the principles of living well. I select the most popular and interesting questions from the ongoing queue of questions. Please submit your questions, as well as vote and comment on questions that you find interesting!
Here are the questions that I’ll answer this week:
- Question 1: Moral Obligations of Children to Parents: Do kids have moral obligations to their parents? If so, what obligations and why?
- Question 2: The Boundaries of Proper Self-Defense: Is it moral to not defend yourself if you will get into legal trouble for doing so? As I understand laws on self-defense, you must be “in immediate danger of death or grievously bodily harm” in order to use lethal force. How is this reconciled with the morality of “shooting before he shoots you” or “hitting before you get hit”? In other words, preemptive attack may be seen as assault, but there might also be a threat of force. Is it moral to not defend yourself to avoid assault charges? In the case of using a gun to defend yourself, this could mean the difference between you dying at the hands of your attacker or living, but going to jail for murder. What should you do?
- Question 3: Real Life Evil: Are people in real life as evil as in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged? In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand presents almost every bad person as very evil. I understand the purpose of that in the novel, but are their equivalents in real life (meaning the legislators passing similar laws nowadays) as evil as that — or are some of them just misguided or even stupid? In other words, do real-life people act on the death premise and hate the good for being the good? I just can’t imagine that. Am I being too optimistic?
- Question 4: The Reasons to Donate Blood: What are the personal benefits of being a blood donor (or organ donor)? Is it worth doing under today’s laws, where donors cannot get paid? Should people be able to trade blood and organs in a free market?
After that, I’ll do a round of quick impromptu “Rapid Fire Questions,” like I did last week.
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