Fandango’s Provocative Question #36

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

For this week’s provocative question, I am asking about means and ends. I have often heard people say that “the end justifies the means.” Conversely, I’ve heard others say that “the means justifies the end.” So what about you?

Do you think the end or the means is more important? Explain.

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14 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #36

  1. sca11y August 14, 2019 / 4:43 am

    An interesting one to ponder, Fandango, and one I will think about over the next few days. My gut feel is “no, the end doesn’t justify the means”, but it is now more than a gut feel and (a) I don’t yet have the words for a full-blown post, and (b) I expect I’ll think of an example to counter my argument.

    I can certainly see that, if I were a government, say, it might be advantageous to do something to the detriment of 1,000,000 people if it benefitted 50,000,000. But that’s not quite the same thing, is it?

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    • sca11y August 14, 2019 / 4:44 am

      Drat this thing won’t let me correct my typos!

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    • Fandango August 14, 2019 / 6:36 am

      Harm one to help 50? Today’s US government is doing just the opposite.

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      • Fandango August 17, 2019 / 7:35 am

        Thanks for participating. It was a good read. I can’t seem to comment on your post since I don’t have a Google account for blogging purposes. Also, I can’t figure out how to follow your blog. Why does Blogger make it so difficult to like, comment on, and follow Blogger blogger’s posts?

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        • sca11y August 17, 2019 / 8:00 am

          Not to worry. I see a button at the bottom of each page to subscribe, but i’m permanently logged into Google. It makes it a bit easier for Blogger, but I only use that on one device – I have a laptop (preferred), a tablet a phone and one of those home hubs in total. Other apps are more important – I use Calendar to keep my schedule sync’d on everything.

          If I had to start my blog over again, who knows? But I started it more as a diary to record my own progress. To that end, Blogger is as good as any. A lot of it is UK politics anyway, so you probably wouldn’t recognise the names. My politics is generally “none of the above” but probably we all get like that.

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