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Aren't there actions that could be considered neither (amoral)?

asked Nov 26 '13 at 08:14

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edited Nov 26 '13 at 12:26

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Most people look at morality in terms of what is right vs. what is wrong, and sometimes have difficulty justifying and validating an action as one or the other. That’s because they define their concept of morality too narrowly. From that point of view, I suppose my choice of that pencil rather than this one to do my Sudoku puzzle could be considered amoral.

We Objectivists take a broader view of morality. The question is not, is this action right or wrong, but rather, does this action further my life (right) or not (wrong), does it contribute in some way to the achievement of my values, and, ultimately, to my happiness. That question applies in some degree to every possible human action, from choosing the right career to choosing a relaxing activity. Some choices require a bit more thought than others, but any choice is always in that context.

From that point of view, it’s my choice of activity (a Sudoku puzzle) that has moral significance, because I find it to be pleasurable and relaxing, and my choice of pencil contributes to that significance. I need to choose a pencil to enjoy my puzzle, but which pencil is optional.

I chose a rather mundane example, but I’m assuming that’s what the questioner was looking for.

answered Nov 26 '13 at 14:43

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