Emotional is not synonymous with Irrational

There are cases in which pure logic leads to failures of things like ethics, and frankly, those cases are all far worse.

For example, it costs $10,000 to do a recall of an item. It is estimated that the item will kill seven people if not recalled. Each person it kills will cost the company $1000.

What is the logical decision?

What is the rational decision?

What is the right decision?

We know, based on far too many actual events, that in many cases the ‘logical’ decision is made and the companies don’t do the recalls, leading to people dying. It’s the logical decision for them, the net benefit is to the company. Does that make it the right decision?

Here is another one. Gas prices are currently $4.00 per gallon. For each 100 middle eastern children killed by a bomb, gas prices will be lowered by $0.10 per gallon. Each bomb costs $100,000. Each bomb kills an average of 10 children. Each day the US uses 360 million gallons of gas. How many bombs should the US drop?

What is the logical decision?

What is the rational decision?

What is the right decision?

Based on current events, the US has decided to bomb children in order to increase the profits to the gas companies.

Other examples – The housing market crash. Setting up a ponzi scheme. Firing 10,000 employees rather than forgo your bonus.

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About Kinda Strange

I am a student at the University of Phoenix majoring in information technology. This is where I come to babble incoherently…err…make notes, talk about things that catch my interest, share ideas, etc...
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