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In the question What things are good? it may be better to proceed like the law, refusing to answer any new question until it becomes practical, and then answering as specifically as possible, though certainly each evaluation should be made in the light of all one's other evaluations. 2. LIFE ● Table of Contents The word 'life' is often put forward as one of those slogan-words that indicate great goods to which our hearts may thrill. htm (5 of 14)10/24/2007 12:18:25 PM An Atheist's Values How good is man's life, the mere living!

But I think, you see, that the difference is that from them you get unconfessed choices instead of confessed ones, choices pretending to be scientific discoveries instead of admitting their nature. I believe myself to be doing consciously, and to that extent better, what some other people do under the false impression that they are not choosing policies but ascertaining facts. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1. PRINCIPLES OF CHOICE ● Table of Contents Misery is an evil and happiness is a good. If anyone denies this, there is nothing to say to him.

Most of us desire to be in agreement with our fellows as to what is good and what is bad. To find good what everyone else finds bad is apt to be uncomfortable or worse. Most of us welcome the evaluations of others as a means of forming our own. Even when a man offers no reason in support of his opinion, we may still welcome it as giving us a new idea, or enlarging our conception of the possibilities. For example, suppose a man to say that flowers are out of place in a garden, which should contain only trees and grass.

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