Practical Ethics Anecdote

I was told a story once by a philosopher I know, about a friend of theirs who was taking business ethics.

After the first day of the class, this business ethics student told their philosopher friend “today in class we learned the difference between right and wrong!”

“Oh, really? What is that?”

“What’s wrong” they replied, “is what’s in your short term interest, and what’s right is what’s in your long term interest.”

I think about that story a lot.

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