Does "The End Justify The Means"

Mac Lindsay

The question is not whether the end justifies the means, but the reasons for the actions and how people carry themselves about the decisions they make.

Every day people do morally wrong things to achieve a greater good. A classic example of this scenario was when the United States Had Osama Bin Ladin assassinated. Osama Bin Ladin was an Islamic terrorist who planned the 9/11 attacks. He was killed in his home in Pakistan on May 2, 2011 by seal team six. This was one of the toughest decisions to make in the US military's history. Why? It portrays the question does the end justify the means. The reason The U.S. was able to carry out these actions was that the reasons where a list a mile long, all of which could easily be justified. Also the decision making process was quick and decisive, with no confusion or scandals.

The problem with the end justifying the means is that if everyone's philosophy is that the ends justifies the means, then people will try to run each other over. Naturally humans are in it for themselves, but don't like to be run over themselves. This is shown in this short clip by Calvin and The Hobbes


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