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Is it right to do the wrong thing for the right reason?

Asked by: ladiesman
  • Yes but only sometimes

    Sometimes you have to cross that line. Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing for the right reason. Not everyone is a hero most not be a hero. Everyone would maybe hate on you forever for killing or other things but sometimes the outcome outweighs the negatives. You have to be willing to protect your ideas and friends and family. You have no sometimes do the wrongthing.

  • Depends on how far you're willing to go

    There's the old saying, "The ends justify the means". If you use criminal means to achieve a worthy objective, it all comes down to how far you're willing to go. An example would be Francis Hummel in the film The Rock (1996); his goal is for families of Marines who died in combat to receive compensation (which people might argue is praiseworthy), and although he takes people hostage and threatens a chemical attack if his demands are not met, he does have a redeeming quality: he always put morals above personal gain.

  • Rules are made to support the right thing , if they don't then they are wrong things by themselves .

    Rules are made to be broken , if everyone did the right thing there would be no rules ,
    is wrong , we don't know what the right thing is so we can not make the rules as absolute guidance .
    Logic doesn't help here very much the thought about this is very abstract ,
    this is proof why logic can't be depended absolutley on , thus why we need philosophy .

  • Depends on the situation

    If it is a life and death situation then it is right to do the wrong thing. It doesn't matter what the situation is you should always to the right thing to save someone. Life is important and it is worth doing anything you can do to save it. No matter what the cost is.

  • Sometimes its good to do the wrong thing for the write reason

    Some people do know that they do the wrong thing but for the right reason. Many people what the wrong thing is but still do it for a good reason. But the wrong thing is not always the right thing. Many people also say that it is bad to do the right thing for the right reason even if they know it is for the right reason.

  • Yes, within reason.

    Using Hummel as the example he never actually intended to hurt anyone, some people lost some time when they were held against their will but it was for a much greater cause.

    Greed was what went wrong in the movie so providing the motives are truely for the good of mankind and not for themselves then it simply comes down to the ends justifies the means.

    Posted by: Eiox
  • Not always, but in some cases.

    This question is extremely subjective as 'right' and 'wrong' differ from person to person, society to society, era to era etc.
    I personally think that in some situations it is right to do what the masses view is wrong in pursuit of something positive and fair. For example, slavery and segregation used to common in many places such as the US and SA, however, people protested (Montgomery Bus Boycott for example) and stood up for their rights (Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela etc) which was viewed as obscene back then, but many now identify these actions as 'right', 'justified', 'good' and 'brave'.

  • All depends on moral

    This thread is somewhat focused on morality, and as far as I know, nothing goes right with morality.
    Thing is, the ''wrong'' actions are justified only if the positive ending outweighs the negative consequences of the ''adventure''. For example, Lelouch was antagonised in Code Geass for being a tyrant, but his final goal was world peace.
    And when the negative outweighs would be for extremely selfish reasons that do no benefit for the others, but only for your own ambitions. A possible scenario for that would be to murder a bunch of people who are unrelated to you just to save ONE person. I'm sure a lot of movies have depicted a scenario/plot of the sort.

  • A matter of Perspective

    Right and wrong is a matter of perspective, but there is some consensus. When the government is wrong, it is the moral obligation of the citizen to work against the government, should civil reform fail. It is the right and duty of citizens in any country to make their voices heard, even if it means acting in manners that might not be condoned. Laws and institutions were made by man. Man is highly fallible, so we cannot take anything for an absolute truth. A vigilante who hunts criminals who the system has let free is doing the right thing. A soldier who disobeys orders that involve needless loss of life is doing the right thing. A hacker who exposes the misdeeds of the government is doing the right thing.

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  • Doing the wrong thing for the right reason is really wrong

    I don't think that this is good for the environment because people will think that they can always do the wrong thing that is good for them which it is not good for them or the environment. That is my opinion about if it is right to do the wrong thing for the right reason...

  • If the reasoning is good than the "wrong thing" isnt wrong

    Murdering is wrong right? Not necessarily... What if a serial killer was arrested and you were a witness but he wasnt convicted and more people died and the police couldnt stop this guy? You saw him do it so you know he is guilty and you could save lives by killing him. Your choices are dont kill him and let him kill many others or kill him and save innocent lives. Then murder in this instance isnt wrong and anyone who disagrees is a black and white thinker who fails to see the grey areas.

  • If the reasoning is good than the "wrong thing" isnt wrong

    Murdering is wrong right? Not necessarily... What if a serial killer was arrested and you were a witness but he wasnt convicted and more people died and the police couldnt stop this guy? You saw him do it so you know he is guilty and you could save lives by killing him. Your choices are dont kill him and let him kill many others or kill him and save innocent lives. Then murder in this instance isnt wrong and anyone who disagrees is a black and white thinker who fails to see the grey areas.

  • If the reasoning is good than the "wrong thing" isnt wrong

    Murdering is wrong right? Not necessarily... What if a serial killer was arrested and you were a witness but he wasnt convicted and more people died and the police couldnt stop this guy? You saw him do it so you know he is guilty and you could save lives by killing him. Your choices are dont kill him and let him kill many others or kill him and save innocent lives. Then murder in this instance isnt wrong and anyone who disagrees is a black and white thinker who fails to see the grey areas.

  • It depends a lot on the details, but generally speaking, no

    Two preliminar questions should be made:

    1) what is "the wrong thing"? (what makes an action inherently wrong so we could say "its the wrong thing"? Doesn't only circunstancial morality exists?)
    2) what is "a right reason"? (to become rich to have a good life fits in here? Or just altruistic causes such as to feed the poor?)

    Before defining those, one simply can't go on in trying to answer the question. And here comes other points, e.G.: one could say that nothing can be a "wrong thing" if it's done with the "right reason": once the objective is a noble, good one, then anything used to archieve it would be a circunstancial good thing (the end justified the means)

    And the end, IMHO: usually there are two or more ways to archive a certain objective, even if those ways may share some common aspects in return. Given that, the proper way of doing things would be:

    1) analyse if your 'right reason' is so "right" as you think.
    2) analyse all possible ways to archive it.
    3) discards those who obviously produce a worst outcome that the one you are trying to solve
    4) analyse the other options carefully and create a list of them, from the best to the worst.
    5) try to follow the list.

  • This isn't actually a "question":

    "Is it ever right to do the wrong thing?", no. That's nothing else to it as it is definitively wrong. "... Even for the right reason?", but there can't be a right reason. The act itself is definitively wrong under all circumstances. The question never proceeds beyond that point though one can ask a different question:

    "Is a good outcome worth more than the moral nature of the means?", that's always a tough one.

  • It is wrong to do the wrong thing for the right reason because

    It is never right to do the wrong thing for the right reason because it sometimes includes breaking the law. It is illegal to break the law.Example Robin Hood stole from the rich to feed the poor,he STOLE! From the rich.Stealing is illegal and against the law especially stealing from the rich which might of saved up to have loads of money.It is better to lose and do the right thing than it is to win and do the wrong thing.Breaking the law is a crime.Admit that that is correct beat it!

  • I don't agree

    No because then everyone would go off doing the wrong thing and saying it is for the right reason.Would you want to work hard all day every day and then have it all stolen. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

  • It is NEVER going to be right

    If you break he law you are a criminal like when Robin Hood kills the Kings deer in outlaw,it is against the law therefore it is wrong even if it ends up a good result. The law is there for a reason so you don't hurt people so if you break the law it is wrong.

  • Its never right to do the wrong thing

    I think its never right to do the wrong thing because they are the wrong things for are reason , they are banned because the can hurt people , for example robin hood steals from the rich to give to the poor , this is bad because the rich have earned there money and the poor haven't tried hard to get a job . Personally i think its wrong and thats my opinion


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Evannnn says2014-09-07T06:23:01.420
I refuse to answer this question. I refuse to because I think it is stupid.
iustin says2016-11-13T14:51:18.117
Wrong thing stays wrong no matter the reason.
The question asks: is it ok to DO IT for some particular reasons? In other words, the purpose justify the means? The obvious answer is NO. Example: killing is bad. Execution is equally bad no matter the crime. But for the purpose of defending the society (right reason), we agreed to consider execution (crime - bad think) acceptable (good). That is the kind of logical fallacy we use to excuse the existence of our pathetic life.
iustin says2016-11-13T14:57:42.053
On the other hand, what qualifies a deed as good or bad is the purpose or reason behind the deed. A man brings a glass of water to his wife so she can take the poison that will end her sufferings. That is murder - but he loves his wife. So yes, he MUST do the wrong thing for that good reason - and so, the wrong thing becomes the right thing.