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Do the ends justify the means?

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No, generally, as much as I've seen, the ends rarely justify the means. One has to take morals and values in consideration when embarking on a venture.
Sometimes ignoring established values when setting out to meet an end may sometimes undermine the effect or longevity of the achieved objective.
I totally agree.
by jonaja
That's a case by case thing I think. I doubt a blanket statement yes or no would be adequate for every situation.
No, they do not. The means, regardless of their outcome should be ethically carried out with honour and integrity and with due consideratin to all who are impacted by them. If it was done otherwise would the ends not be tainted with shame, perhaps loathing and personal disrespect. The right way to the ends is not always the easy way but it is the striving to be right that is the best of humanity.
In most cases, I believe they don't.
by Vee
Not when the means hurt someone else.
by Gia
In some cases, yes.

As I wanted a particular job, with a particular Company, I kept up correspondence with them a few times, at essential intervals. This was over 7 months.

I was thrilled when asked to an Interview in the 6th month.
Even more excited when called for a 2nd Interview.
At the end of it, I was told I had 'the job'!

Think I floated out of the Manager's Office!
My Mother was waiting for me, & when I told her the good news, I think she was MORE excited than I!

In my 45 year career, doing the 'basic same job' with increments now & again, I worked for that Company for a total of 35 years!

So, definitely in this case of mine, the end justified the means, overwhelmingly! It was an excellent Career, & I loved most aspects of it to bits!
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