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Love and Wisdom

September 17, 2012

Love and wisdom need one another to function. Without wisdom, someone with love has no framework for doing things which will actually improve the lives of others. A doctor with poor knowledge of the human body may prescribe a drug that does more harm than good, and a politician without economic knowledge may write a law that causes economic damage, even if it sounded like a good idea. Science can give us knowledge that we can use to improve our actions. It gives us the tools to improve our lives and the lives of others, but a tool must be wielded with purpose.

Update: What I mean by this is that intentions alone never give the moral high ground. It is a moral duty to think through the consequences of your actions, at least in proportion to the likely impact on the world. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Locke permalink
    September 17, 2012 5:00 pm

    Nice platitudes. How do you get either one of those?

    • September 18, 2012 8:30 am

      Love is somewhat natural, but wisdom requires effort. There are many who act on charitable impulses without thinking through the consequences. Prudence is an underrated virtue outside economics.

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