Amoral Logic

How does a utilitarian approach to morality lead to the Golden Rule?

Anyone who studies a little bit of game theory has to believe that “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you” is, at best, an occasional outcome.

In Judaism, our love of G-d, combined with belief that we are all created in G-d’s image (spiritually if not physically) provides that path. Do we always live by it? No. But the more we live in consistency with our values, the more we are driven to take care of each other.

Utilitarian morality, on the other hand, begins and ends with looking out for Number One. For me, that’s a recipe for dystopia.

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  1. Relying on doing good for goodness sake surely defies human nature. Suggesting that doing good will be to your long term benefit is the methodology of all religions. G_d will reward you for doing good; if not in this life then in the next. Doing good in this life will gain karma and ensure your next reincarnation is at a higher level. To do good for goodness sake is for saints alone! As Smith would say the baker makes bread not because he thinks it a civic duty, but because he expects to profit, hence the drive to create a better product and value. And so we have the utilitarian amorality, act in your enlightened self-interest, makes the world go round, albeit constantly improving. Surely the disastrous hundred year experiment in socialism, work for the good of community, taught us something! Idealism breeds zealotry which encourages fanaticism, which leads to suppression of dissent and totalitarianism. Hayek in vain.

    Sent from Alfred’s iPhone.

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