Just Chat! / Re: Is there a universal moral standard?« Last post by alancalverd on Today at 22:34:14 »
You just said that you don't share their goal and world view.
The end does not necessarily justify the means.
I can share the goal of living in heaven for ever. I might even agree that it can be achieved by killing others. But the action still fails the moral test because I wouldn't like anyone to kill me, and I wouldn't like to kill my nearest and dearest.
Tomorrow I will be sitting on a research ethics committee. Suppose ypou came up with a plausible method for curing glioblastoma, but the only way of proving its effectiveness would involve killing a dozen healthy teenagers. You might convince the committee that the end is worthwhile (we wouldn't take much convincing) and that the means has a sound scientific rationale. So, as well-motivated and informed professionals, we share your goal and world view. But would we approve the project? I think not.