Read_782 – The Ethics of Emergencies

The principle that one should help men in an emergency cannot be extended to regard all human suffering as an emergency and to turn the misfortune of some into a first mortgage on the lives of others.”

~ Ayn Rand

Today we are going to turn some concepts on their head. I hope that this challenges many to reflect not on their judgements, but to reflect on *the internal values that push us toward those judgements.* What if our thinking is twisted by a deeply internalized, but absurdly unrealistic expectation?

Why are ethics questions always framed in the context of a life or death emergency? Or framed from the context of who we should sacrifice our life for, painting the universe as persistent chaos and malevolence. How does this help us in our day to day lives? What does this framing imply for moral values for the other 99.9% of the time? Diving back into Ayn Rand's philosophical musings in "The Virtue of Selfishness," today we cover chapter 3, on "The Ethics of Emergencies."

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