Sinking boat moral dilemma

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Re: Sinking boat moral dilemma

Post by binocular » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:47 pm

mikenz66 wrote:No I think that the Buddha is using the honest observation that we don't find anything more dear than our selves into a teaching of how we should therefore care for others.
Sure. But how does this address the scenario in the OP? Because sometimes, caring for oneself seems to come at the expense of caring for others.
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Re: Sinking boat moral dilemma

Post by mikenz66 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:07 pm

Hi binocular,

It was a reply to your comment about there being a taboo on explicitly admitting this fact. ... ad#p241290

And it relates to other comments that one of the useful things about these scenarios is to investigate it (finding no-one else more dear).


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Re: Sinking boat moral dilemma

Post by alan » Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:36 pm

Everyone holds themselves most dear; pretending otherwise is just pretentious or foolish.

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