Ground-Truthing: Means and Ends Thought Experiment 2.5.2
Thought Experiment: Think of an immediate or small goal. Why do you consider this a good goal? How is it worthwhile or important? What concrete action is appropriate to take toward achieving this goal? Why do you think you might have chosen this action? Is this action an actual, possible choice in the real world you live in? What will the consequences be if you take this action? What will the consequences be if you achieve the goal? Are you willing to act, not just imagine? Are you willing to commit to effort even though it may not be easy or you may not even be successful in the end?
How many times have we all watched as a public figure or maybe a friend disintegrates because the apparently good goal “requires” a small lie? Then the small lie leads to a more complicated set of lies to hide it. Then the fabrication grows into unmanageable proportions until the whole house of cards collapses. The moral of that story, as we are often reminded, is that it’s not the first bad choice, but rather the cover-up that blows the house down. Going beyond the possibility of choice often catches us unaware so that we are beyond the line before we stop to think of it.
Without Words We Cannot Think
“Behold the wicked man conceives evil, / and is pregnant with mischief / and brings forth lies. / He makes a pit, digging it out, / and falls into the hole which he has made. / His mischief returns upon his own head, / and on his own pate his violence descends.” Psalm 7:14-16; King David of Israel, ca. 1000 BCE; written ca. 3rd-5th century BCE