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Put another way

Let's say I've got a friend (I do!) and this particular friend wants to have sex with a mentally unstable (but not dangerous) woman in a committed relationship. He persuades her to do so, and she betrays her boyfriend to have sex with this friend. This friend has no intention of an ongoing relationship with the woman - he just wants sex, and tells her so all along.

Obviously she's morally (or ethically, if you prefer) culpable for betraying a trust. Is the friend who had sex with her morally or ethically culpable for a wrong act, and if so - what?

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arya
Aug. 2nd, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
IMO, the guy is only morally culpable if he's friends with the girl's boyfriend. If so, then he has a responsibility not to betray his friend's trust. If they don't even know each other, then there's no such responsibility.

It's the same as finding a hundred dollar bill lying in the road. You're SUPPOSED to pick it up and put it in your pocket. You're not morally obligated to run around and ask everyone "Hey, did you misplace a hundred bucks?"
eac
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
See, I actually think you're morally obligated to ask people.
arya
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
I absolutely disagree. You ask someone on the street, "hey, is this your hundred dollar bill? I just found it over there" and 99 times out of 10 they're going to say "Uhh, yeah, thanks" whether or not they did.
aghrivaine
Aug. 2nd, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Exactly this happened to me. I found a hundred dollar bill on the floor working at Best Buy, long ago. I turned it in to security. They said if no one had claimed by the end of the day, I could have it.

And I got it. So not only did I do the right thing, but I got the money, too.

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