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Consequences of invalidating environments

Some argue that consequentialist and deontological theories are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Stanford sinologist David Shepherd Nivison, in the The Cambridge History of Ancient China, writes that the moral goods of Mohism "are interrelated: more basic wealth, then more reproduction; more people, then more production and wealth...

We are inundated with news, views, opinions, facts, and information every time we log in to the internet or turn on the TV.

This constant barrage of information thrown at us nonstop in a 24/7 cycle makes us weary and lost in this never-ending repetitive world.

Although all consequentialist theories use consequences as the basis for moral judgements, they differ in how they define moral goods. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Mohist consequentialism, dating back to the 5th century BC, is the "world's earliest form of consequentialism, a remarkably sophisticated version based on a plurality of intrinsic goods taken as constitutive of human welfare." During Mozi's era, war and famines were common, and population growth was seen as a moral necessity for a harmonious society.

For instance, knowing what is happening all over the world instantaneously and uninterruptedly would produce a fatigue in our minds and lead to exhaustion that can drain productivity and lead to loss of focus.

The truly productive employees are those who do not multitask nor spend endless hours watching the big game scores or news and event updates from around the world.

Indeed, one of the reasons investment bankers and consultants are much sought after is that they have learnt to distinguish between short term and ephemeral trends and instead, detect longer-term trends and extrapolations from existing information that is meaningful and makes business sense.

I have news for you - I still vividly remember specific words and situations from decades ago. And, when we wake up one day and realize that not all families live this way and that we, indeed, were part of a dysfunctional or abusive household, the memories will come back from the times you thought what you said and did didn't matter.