Is self-sacrifice for the greater good required?Posted by: ladiesman
Utilitarians argue that if you are able to maximize happiness, you have an obligation to do so. Some philosophers say this makes utilitarianism too demanding. Self-sacrifice for the greater good is heroic, but is it mandatory?
You get back from people what you get back. In general, people choose to share the load when they can but if they living to work instead of working to live then they just don't have the time to share the load. Peace be with you.
I am ready to sacrifice anything in my life for serving humanity.
With this question I believe we are also addressing the subject of soldiers. At one point the militia was made for the good of the people and many people died doing what they believed is best, although i do believe that sacrificing ones self is in a way mandatory for the good of the people I also believe that it can be dependent on the person. For example the death of MLK Jr. had to happen so we could realize that we had a problem with racial equality at the time. Many people died in those protest though and none of their deaths meant as much as his. There are many situations like this so I dont believe that there is one solid answer to this question.
No, it is a choice. A decision that one should think about very carefully.
If everyone sacrificed their relationships and lives for the greater good, then society would lose its structure and people would be disconnected from their loved ones. Rather than having self sacrifice for the greater good as a requirement, we should instead focus on spreading as much love and understanding as we can. Yes, those who sacrifice their own wants and needs for the greater good are good individuals and should be thought of in a high regard, but if we all did this and neglected to nurture our own lives and relationships with people, then in our efforts to build better understanding and relationships with others, we will actually be disconnecting ourselves from each other inadvertently.
Utilitarianism i obviously at the center of this. Now as John Stuart Mill explained, just because something will serve utilitarianism, doesn't mean there is a compulsion to do it.
Nothing is mandatory. Not self-sacrifice not selfishness, and not anything else.
I believe that man should get a choice if it wants to sacrifice itself to the greater good. That being said the people saying yes I'm going to guess would be cool with everyone being color blind so we won't be racist, No music as some music can influence people to do bad things, They would also be pro censorship, Pro death penalty, And anti freedom of speech as all of these things value the individual over society.
If you "sacrifice" yourself for the "greater good", Then it's really not self sacrifice. To sacrifice means to give something up in return for nothing. If you believe that you are sacrificing yourself for the greater good, Then you believe that there is something gained. If something even greater has been gained due to a loss, Then nothing is really lost in the first place.