[ExI] the law

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 18:10:59 UTC 2020

On Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 10:52 AM William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> The law is highly important and of course I didn't have to tell you
> that.  But morality calls upon higher laws at times

I agree. Somebody found out in 1945 where Ann Frank and her family were
hiding and told the Gestapo about it, for him to do otherwise would have
been illegal. So to call that man a criminal would not be entirely
accurate, but to call him a monster certainly would be. Can this lead to
contradictions between the law and morality? Yes, but then neither the law
nor morality is entirely self consistent anyway. Nevertheless in most (but
not all) cases it's usually pretty clear what the moral thing to do is,
having the guts to actually do it is an entirely different matter.

John K Clark
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