Values are different things than their situations.

It’s a different thing to say Killing is Wrong

than it is to say Thou Shalt Not Kill.

The former is a principle, and principles never

in principle, apply to any specific situation.

Which doesn’t make killing wrong in principle

because really, it depends on the situation.

 

Which is why the latter Thou Shalt Not Kill

isn’t exactly a value, because there’s no principle

only commandment, and whether or not you follow

the command always depends on the situation.

It could still apply, in principle, to every situation

as long as the person in question thought it held

any value for them in that particular situation.


R. Charboneau

 

 

Artwork: Gustave Doré “The Giving of the Law Upon Mount Sinai” (1866)

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