When we create laws to prevent immoral behavior, we make society less moral.
hoping that Jeff’s philosopher neighbor would confirm it as a well-known ethical principle. I just listened to a Ted talk by Barry Schwaltz that was on this very subject.
From the Ted talk:
Moral skill is chipped away by an over-reliance on rules that deprive us of the opportunity to improvise and learn from our improvisation.
Schwaltz also talks about another topic close to my heart: that introducing minimum standards optimizes for mediocrity.
And one for Jeff:
Incentives cause the loss of morality
Best Ted talk I have seen this year.
Tickets are on sale for next year. Palm Springs. Anyone want to go?