“Are right and wrong convertible items, dependent upon popular opinion?”
-William Lloyd Garrison
If everyone agreed that killing each other was right, would that make it right? Or is there inherent morality that would make killing wrong even if everyone thinks it was right?
Can it be argued that Hitler did the right thing during the holocaust?
What makes necrophilia wrong?
Imagine a scenario where your beloved wife was diagnosed with an illness and there was a prescription that would completely cure her of any lingering discomfort and pain. However, the current state of poverty the both of you were living in impeded its purchase. The only method to obtain that medicine would be theft. Would you steal the medicine to save your wife?
Imagine another scenario, for example in World War II. You were hiding Jews in your home to prevent their capture from the Nazis. Then, a knock was heard. A soldier interrogated you, demanding to know if there were any Jews inside. Would you tell the truth and consign those innocent people to death or would you lie to protect them?
In the second situation, lying might be the better choice since it protects the Jews from being killed innocently. However, aren’t we told that lying is bad and we shouldn’t do it? So, why is there a contradiction? Could it be that lying is actually good? Then that would contradict logic, that something cannot be both opposites. Lying cannot be good and bad concurrently.
This book delves into the concepts of how our right and wrong is defined and the author's understanding about right and wrong. It pieces the puzzle together as to what right and wrong actually is, thereby answering these age old questions.