All animals pursue their own well-being, either automatically or deliberately. Those who do not perish. Human beings, particularly since the rise of civilization, seem to be the exception. They are the only animals to have invented devices designed to prevent some conspecifics from attaining well-being or even from staying alive: slavery and serfdom, jails and gallows, war and conquest, myth and propaganda, and much more. Hence the importance of any moral and legal codes enshrining the right to the pursuit of well-being.
KeywordsDecision Theory Social Reform Good Ideal Welfare Society Risk Degradation
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