Zhou Tai An (kain@pacific.net.sg)
Fri, 29 Dec 2000 11:54:11 +0800 (SGT)

>> Well, I agree with most of what you've said up till here, but I have to take
>> slight exception to this comment...it may not be LEGAL to distribute
>> fansubs, but ethics and morals differ from person to person.
>I agree that morality varies from person to person and culture to culture,
but I
>think that ethics, while based on moral duty and obligation, is as codified as
>law, which is also based on moral authority. Morals are usually dictated by
>cultural beliefs concerning right and wrong, while ethics are based less on
>moral dictates than by rational and reasoned theories of what is good or
bad for
>both the individual and the community.

I would have to agree with you here. However, I will state that at least in
my opinion, the ultimate judge of what is right and wrong lies with the
person him or herself.

>It is possible for a given practice to be morally sound but illegal and
>unethical -- voluntary human sacrifice, for example. Conversely, some
>may be ethical but illegal and immoral -- voluntary euthanasia comes to mind
>here, although that's now legal in some places. You can also be on good moral
>and ethical ground and still be illegal -- using marijuana medicinally or
>as a religious ritual.

Good points.

>When I was in the Air Force, I had the legal and moral obligation to kill other
>people in the line of duty -- a duty which I consider to be ethically sound, as
>there are strict rules of engagement and specific regulations regarding when,
>where, to whom and to what degree deadly force may be applied. There is also
>accountability, a key element of both law and ethics that is absent from
>morality, which is notoriously subjective and, as you note, variable.

Definitely. ^_^

>But my point still stands: just because "everyone does it" does not make a
>practice legal, moral. ethical or right. The practice itself must be judged in
>that regard, not the number of people who enact or condone it.

That regard and the regard of whom it affects, yes.

>Sounds like the kind of thing you see all through the Gundam saga, doesn't it?

Indeed. ^_^

Zhou Tai An (kain@pacific.net.sg)

"There is no one simple truth." - Rune Walsh

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