One is reminded of the joke in the book The Little Princewhere the businessman explains buys and sells planets andis asked by the Little Prince why. To make money, he replies! And what do you want money for asks the Little Prince. Theman replies that by having more money, he'd be able to buymore planets, of course!We may "invest to make money, not to save the world" as you say,but why do we want to make money in the first place? Moneyis a means to an end, not an end.However you define your "ends" it boils down to living well with satisfaction and fulfillment and being at peace with the world around you. It's hard to believe that a (non pathological) personcould ever fully obtain those things if they were fully aware of their close aiding and abetting of things they felt were morally repugnant.So once you know what you personally classify as morallyrepugnant (in this case murderous behavior towards Africanchildren, being the example you provided) then definingthe spectrum from "distant almost impossible to avoid involvement"to "directly aiding and abetting" is how most folks would probablyend up deciding when they are comfortable investing and when not..What's sad to me is that we even need to have some of thesediscussions (I speak of society and no single poster here)as it used to be just obvious some decades ago but in recentdecades, probably since the 80s it has been "uncool" to actually (gasp!) care about the wellbeing of fellow humanbeings more than about money...caring about otherhuman beings more than about money is among the most basic "moralvalues" issues I can think of (as well as being a traditionalreligious principle) yet those who scream about moral valuesand traditional and religious values have (among them) morethan a few who participate in the demeaning of anyonewho actually expresses caring for fellow human beings (or theplanet or...) above money and the profits of corporations.Corporations were created to serve humankind, and we haveforgotten that to the point that we seem to believe thathumakind was created to serve corporations..and thatis our great confusion. Same with profits, same with money.When money is used to serve humanity, it is not theroot of all evil. When humanity is serving money on theother hand...
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