Some tryhard wannabe motivation from Epicurus

Really? Sound more like someone's been reading some Bentham and Mills Utilitarianism? Good stuff man. This scenario is a form of consequential-ism, meaning that the moral worth of an action is determined by its resulting outcome. Consequential-ism argues that morality is about good outcomes and that we should make decisions based on what will most likely result in the outcomes we want. Basically, “The ends justify the means”.

The principle of utility states that actions or behaviors are right in so far as they promote happiness or pleasure, wrong as they tend to produce unhappiness or pain.

If every action that we carry out yields more utility than any other action available to us, then the total utility of all our actions will be the highest possible level of utility that we could bring about. In other words, we can maximize the overall utility that is within our power to bring about by maximizing the utility of each individual action that we perform. If we sometimes choose actions that produce less utility than is possible, the total utility of our actions will be less than the amount of goodness that we could have produced. For that reason, act utilitarians argue, we should apply the utilitarian principle to individual acts and not to classes of similar actions.

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