What Ought We To Do

So, I’m in this Ethics class, and the other day we were talking about something rather controversial. The moral issues we all face in society and such. So, my teacher finally stopped us, and the bickering that was ensuing. “Well… It seems we’ve reached an ultimatum. We’ve reached the point in our discussion when we must stop and ask ourselves: What are we going to do, and what ought we to do? These are two very different things, and they are almost never given room for agreement or settlement. We do what we have to do. When perhaps we should be doing what we know is right. We need to be asking the more important question. Not ‘what to do’ but ‘what ought we to do’?” And that just hit me. 

 

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