Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guilt/Joy Hierarchy


Given a choice between a "good" action and its opposite, a "bad" action, consider whether the following statements are true:

- The worst situation is to feel guilty about doing the bad deed, but doing it anyway out of apathy.

- The less bad situation is to feel guilty about doing the bad thing and to avoid doing anything, good or bad, out of fear.

- The least bad situation is to have no feelings of guilt regarding the bad and no feelings of joy regarding the good, but to do the bad deed because some aspects of it are temporarily enjoyable.

- The okay situation is to have no feelings of guilt regarding the bad and no feelings of joy regarding the good, but to do the good deed out of idealism.

-  The better situation is to feel guilty about the bad and to enjoy the good and therefore do the good deed to avoid guilt and experience joy.

- The best situation is to have no feelings of guilt about the bad but to enjoy the good and therefore do the good deed purely for the joy of it.


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