The end justify the means or the means justify the end?
It's "the end justifies the means" meaning if you're doing something wrong but for a good reason it's ok. Like Robin Hood stealing from the rich....stealing is wrong but he's giving to or helping the poor in the end. The good deed in the end makes the bad deed seem ok.
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First answer (not true): . "The end does not justify the means" means that what ever effort or what ever reason you had for doing some thing was not was not justified, becau…se the end result was not what you wanted. And so all of the time and effort to reach that end was wasted. . True answer: . "The end justifies the means" is a phrase which means that, if you have a goal, it does not matter how you reach it, as long as you reach it. For example, say that your goal is to get an A on a test. If you believe that the end justifies the means, cheating on the test to get the A does not matter to you. All that matters is that you got the A. . "The end DOES NOT justify the means" is a phrase meaning that you must take a moral route to reach your goal. You cannot break the rules or do anything bad in order to reach your goal. If you wish to get an A on a test and you believe that the end DOES NOT justify the means, you would probably study or use legitimate means to get the A on the test.
'The ends justify the means' means that the end result willvalidate what you had to do to get there. It is usually used itsituations that the 'means' are difficult.
These answers represent basically the same meaning from several perspectives. Answer This phrase, originating from Niccolo Machiavelli's book "The Prince", is interpreted… by some to mean doing anything whatsoever that is required to get the result you want, regardless of the methods used. It does not matter whether these methods are legal or illegal, fair or foul, kind or cruel, truth or lies, democratic or dictatorial, good or evil. Answer 2 The phrase the end justifies the means refers to the morality of an action. It means that the morality of an action is based solely on the outcome of that action and not on the action itself. Example: Telling a lie that has no negative effect on anyone, and saves someone grief, is good. Killing someone to save others may also be morally justifiable. A deontologist would say lying/killing is always bad. A consequentialist would say that it is acceptable if the outcome is positive. It can involve illegal activities and what some would consider immoral methods, but definitely is not based on that. Answer 3 This refers to the idea that if you need a specific outcome, it doesn't matter how it is achieved as long as you get the desired result. For instance, if you need to pass a test in order to graduate (the end) you can justify cheating in order to pass the test (the means). Answer 4 This is normally used to comment on the ethics or morality of a given action. By itself, it might be reprehensible. But as the only method to achieve a goal, it could be acceptable on a practical basis. A simple example would be knocking down historic buildings as a last resort to control rat populations. A more complex example would be World War II, which included bombing German and Japanese cities to reduce their munitions production. Answer 5 It means that the benefits from something outweigh the harm done by the process. For example if somebody cured cancer, but had to kill 1 cancer patient to find the cure, they might say that curing cancer made the loss of 1 life to save many worth it. Of course, the family of the dead patient (and the legal authorities) might see the matter differently. -
There is no one or final answer. It is a matter of porportionality. It is a matter of degree. Generally speaking though the end does not, in almost all cases, ever justify the… means. This question must be answered one step at a time, each step of the way, to the final end. It cannot be bundled into allowing some evil along the way finally in the end leading to a final greater good.
19th Century revolutionary, Sergei Nechayev after killing a friend.
The term "The end justifies the means" means that the results of some actions taken is more important than the other repercussions of said actions. For example, if the end j…ustifies the means, then it is acceptable to kill one man (which can make his family and friends unhappy) to save hundreds of other people. - It is one of the most dangerous of Satanic doctrines, suggesting that we may do evil without becoming evil, if our motive is pure enough. All of us wanted to be successful in a right way but sometimes we thought that we must do a thing through evil or bad way but we forced ourselves not to do it.
It is a response to the expression "The end justifies the means", which asserts that sometimes you have to do bad things in order for good things to happen. If in the end the …good outweighs the bad, then the net result is good. The response "The end does not justify the means" asserts that it is not possible to do good by doing something that is inherently wrong. Each action done must be measured independently, good or bad, or otherwise people will justify their bad actions based on the good they have done. This statement is essentially saying that the methods of reaching a particular goal were not excuseable. An example would be if you were given a promotion, but you had to lie and cheat to get it. Just because you were given the promotion does not excuse the fact that you lied and cheated. It means that just because a goal was reached does not validate the process by which the goal was achieved. So someone who got rich by ripping off other people does not mean the person is a good business person. It just means that they got rich through illegal acts.
"The end justifies the means" implies that the goal is more important than the way by which it is achieved. The term goes to morality. It usually implies that a moral goal ma…y be achieved by amoral means (example: alleviating a famine by killing people to reduce the population). People of good moral upbringing usually do not accept such a thought process, believing that amoral means renders the goal amoral as well. Other idioms that deal with this idea include idioms relating to the hands (soiled or bloodied hands) and the idiom of "a deal with the devil".
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It means that even if you have good intentions you should not do illegal things to accomplish those intentions
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The correct idiom is "The end justifies the means", but the statement is inherently untrue; evil methods can never be justified no matter how noble the motive.
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It is a phrase that means as long as the desired result is achieved, it doesn't matter what you do to get those results. "The ends justify the means" is a Satanic doctrine t…eaching that we may do evil without becoming evil if our motive is good enough. So the question- Do the ends justify the means?- may signify the attempt to examine this moral abyss critically.