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Author: sonofed Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 440733  
Subject: Re: Origin of Morality Date: 4/3/2002 11:06 AM
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But what stops you from acting unethically if it is in your best interest to do so?

Your continued participation in society.

Society is formed when individuals agree to place certain focused limits on their personal freedoms in order to enjoy the benefits of interacting with people with different skill sets. The focused limits individuals consent to when society is formed are bounded by the morality Sofaking^ and I proposed.

If you, as an individual, choose to act unethically, you will in essence have violated the social compact of the society you are a member of and therefore be subject to whatever punishments society has set up for your particular offense, up to your potential exclusion from future interaction with society.

People behave ethically because it is in their best interest to do so in the long run. If you decide that the value you get from society is worth less than the value of a given act you wish to commit, then you are free to commit that act with the full knowledge that you are sacrificing any future benefit from society in the process and potentially incurring their wrath.

Steve
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