What Differences Did You Notice Between Your Logical Reasoning Process And Your Moral Reasoning Process?


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Fred Jones Profile
Fred Jones answered
When I was a teenager and was walking home from school, I found a 20 dollar bill sitting by a car that someone had just gotten out of. Logically, I knew that if I said nothing and let them leave, the money was mine and I sure could use it. Morally, I knew I should let the person know they just dropped the money so they could pick it up.

I debated this for a few seconds and knew what was right. I stopped the person and handed them the money (yes, I already had it in hand and the person didn't even notice), telling them it had fallen out of the car. As it turned out, the person had a larger bundle of money that was about to fall out of their pocket as they were on the way to the bank to make a deposit. They thanked me as I saved them from loosing several hundred dollars, handed me 5 dollars and everything was good.

I felt much better about having 5 dollars given to me than taking 20 dollars that didn't belong to me.
Will Martin Profile
Will Martin answered
I could give a really small example if it's any help - just a time when I was approached privately by a customer of a firm I worked for, but I wouldn't work for them because the firm trusted me not to poach clients...You could say that logic and morals were in conflict there, but in a way it's all the same thing, isn't it? I mean that in the end, acting honestly and being trustworthy is in our long-term interests, because that's how you get a functioning society. I think most people are fundamentally quite honest and willing to help; and that this is actually quite logical. I don't know if this helps.
thanked the writer.
Anonymous commented
I believed logicaly that I was in love with my husband until he told me that he did not believe in the same GOD as I do, my moral reasoning kicked in and I let go of this man.
what you think and what you feel will show to out do the other.
Will Martin
Will Martin commented
How does refusing to accept someone else may have different beliefs make you a better or more reasonable person?
R Maye Profile
R Maye answered
I found a set of wedding rings in the girls restroom. I knew who was last in there, washing their hands. They were beautiful, expensive rings, but I returned them. Not to say it wasn't tempting to keep them, but if the shoe was on the other foot, I'd want someone to return mine. So I went with my morals and returned them even though I could have easily sold them and kept the money. That would have really blew.
patrick mc mullan Profile
During the troubles in northern Ireland I was frequently assaulted by members of her majesty's forces. On one occasion I was lifted by the army and taken to a barracks where I was badly treated(I wont go into details).  At this time I was working as a operating theater technician in a local hospital. A few days later a wounded soldier was brought in and I was asked to run down to the blood bank as he needed immediate surgery.  As I was on my way out of theater I recognised him as the soldier who had taken great pleasure in beating me.    I felt a sense of satisfaction at seeing him on the receiving end. I thought I would not hurry myself as it was not in my job description to run.  Then the guilt kicked in. I felt an overwhelming sense of shame and I ran as quickly as I could to get the blood.  I felt a great sense of satisfaction at having been able to put my personal feelings in check. This represented a turning point in my life.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My moral values almost always win out. Or at least they always influence my decisions. Even if that means making me feel guilty.

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