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    1. No, I get where K is coming from, and I do think that having the right beliefs make it more likely that your actions will also be quality ones. However, the beliefs ALONE don’t make you a better person –at all.
      I can’t tell you how many rude, conceited pricks I’ve known, of every stripe of thought –each of which purported to be the “correct” one– who were perfectly willing to throw tantrums in public in order to prove how much better they were. Seriously.
      Just treat people right.


    2. Okay, let’s look at the definition of “make.” Just because you say you subscribe to a certain set of beliefs does not automatically mean you are a better person. Actions are the true indicators of a persons “goodness”.
      However the statement can be read to mean that holding a certain belief won’t make you into a better person. In that case, the statement would be false, as internalized ethics will produce better behavior as they are allowed to guide one’s actions. So, beliefs can transform one into a better person over time.
      The common way of reading the original post is the former interpretation, which I agree with, as it speaks against hypocrisy, but the latter interpretation is equally valid, if properly explained.


    3. I can hold a gun to your head, and make you behave like a “good” person, doesn’t mean you’re a good person. If I had the Technology to void your initial illicit behaviour, make you void the situation all together, but let the “good” acts slide, then maybe there’s some cognitive dissonance as well? Biconditional, eh?
      Watch A clockwork Orange, I think it touches this topic well. 🙂


    4. Morals are beliefs, and so are values. lulz, are you telling me that those aren’t a factor contributing to “good” behaviour?


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