Everything you just described is related to GETTING something or AVOIDING something. You said it yourself, you don't stab someone because you don`t like being stabbed and you do "nice" things because it is more likely that "nice" things will happen to you. Sounds like situational ethics to me.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 6:48:45 PM
@dang007 Good and bad are related to empathy and reciprocity. Would I like being stabbed? No, and that guy wouldn't like being stabbed either so it`s bad and I won`t stab him. Would I like for someone to lend me a hand when I fall? Yes, and that guy would like help as well, so it`s good and I`ll help him. Do I need a threat of punishment to force me to do these things? No. If I help someone I know that most of the time he`ll help me back, because that`s what mammals do. Yes, what mammals do. Humans are not the only species with morals. Other mammals know what empathy and reciprocity means as well. If a chimpanzee is not hungry but his friend is, he`ll help him get food. If they have a fight they`ll reconcile and hug after. If you give one a tasty treat and give the other a worse one, chances are that the one with the tasty treat will deny it until you treat them both fairly.