My daily newspaper, Die Presse, recently ran a special Sunday edition about morality and ethics. Throughout the paper they asked a wide range of people – from politicians to philosophers, from captains of industry to curators of art – the same three questions:
- What should humans no longer be allowed to do?
- What should humans never be allowed to do?
- What should humans soon be allowed to do?
As to be expected, many answers were similar. Humans should no longer be allowed to destroy the environment. Humans should never be allowed to torture people or animals. Humans should soon be allowed to meet live with friends and family again.
A few brave souls, however, were more creative including the Austrian philosopher Konrad Paul Liessmann. I felt his answers were worth translating into English. Admittedly, it probably helps if you are Austrian to fully appreciate them.
- A human being does not ask what he/she may or may not do; only an Austrian does. Therefore, the following applies to Austrians: They should no longer be allowed to ask what they may or may not do.
- Humans are allowed to do everything; who is supposed to forbid them? With a “Never may you…” statement one divine creator already failed in paradise.
- Whoever asks this question should be forbidden from doing everything anyway. Whoever thinks something is right should simply do it. Now.
What are your answers to the three questions?
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