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A blog by Leon Oudejans


The lesser of two evils principle

The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384–322 BC) once wrote in Nicomachean Ethics (c.335 BC-322 BC): "For the lesser evil can be seen in comparison with the greater evil as a good, since this lesser evil is preferable to the greater one, and whatever preferable is good". Is this even true?? I had never questioned this principle. Current events...

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Philosophy – our most dangerous belief?

According to the Bible, money is the root of all evil (eg, 1 Timothy 6:10). Others would blame religion due to global religious violence (eg, Christian Crusades, Hindu nationalism violence, Reconquista, Shia vs Sunni). Still, politics is another belief responsible for many wars (eg, Russia vs Ukraine). In my view, 5 out of our 7 Belief systems (ie, money, politics,...

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Growth: what goes up must come down

Growth refers to many different topics: body, brain, business, cancer, climate, economy, ethics, inflation, politics, population, and the Universe. We use many different adjectives to describe growth, like: absolute, actual, historical, marginal, projected, relative. A decline is even negative growth. Source: Our World in Data The population diagram for 1750-2100...

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Is stupidity worse than evil??

Recently, I noticed a Big Think newsletter on the theory of stupidity by German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945). In his view, stupidity is worse than evil. Ironically, it was Nazi evil that took his life on 9 April 1945. Hence, I wonder if he would have changed his view - if he could. “Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may...

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Moral decline may be an illusion (Axios)

Axios Science title: Moral decline may be an illusion By: Alison Snyder Date: 9 June 2023 "People around the world say kindness, respect, and honesty are declining but that may be a cognitive illusion, researchers reported this week. Why it matters: People's beliefs guide policy and how resources are allocated. Driving the news: Survey data from 60...

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Different countries, different customs

Each time when I read criticism about faraway countries (eg, Uganda) then I think of the saying above. Have we forgotten it? Are we ignoring it? Or have we become too arrogant to consider that saying? I suppose it's the latter. Still, we condemn such countries when they judge us (eg, China, Russia). Early June 2023, China's new defence minister made an interesting...

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