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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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joemorf
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
So... if you voted for George Bush, are you complicit in his unethical acts? What about the unethical acts of his appointees?

~j
yagathai
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Can you restate your question using an analogy that involves commercial pig farming?
thealiwoman
Aug. 2nd, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
LMAO... aren't they similar enough already?
joemorf
Aug. 2nd, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Okay, let's say you're a butcher, and you are eyeing this farmer's pigs... but the pig farmer already has an exclusive contract with this other butcher across town.

You decide you like those pigs well enough to convince the farmer to sell you some pigs...

And the farmer, being no dummy, just ups his pig output so that everyone gets a taste, and he's putting his kids through college.

So the real question is, if everyone is happy eating bacon, why don't they keep quiet about it?

~j
eac
Aug. 2nd, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
The comparison's a bad one, here, because Bush supporter didn't know what Bush's specific unethical acts were going to be, and they didn't have the same control over participating in them. (And some of them apparently don't judge his acts unethical...)

In this case, the person in question knows what the unethical act is, and is the pivotal in making that act happen.

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