I read this in a book by Canadian Author Charles de Lint.  It's an intriguing question.


What do you think?

Do you think it’s better to do the right thing for the wrong reason or the wrong thing for the right reason? 

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  • wo yao you yee! Of course, the right thing at the right place. By the way, I hope to be one of your friends, may I?

  • Your question is not an easy one to answer, Tim.

    Who defines what is right or wrong?
    Right and wrong - that only exists with humans.
    What is right or wrong are time-dependent ideas in our heads. They are always subjective and cannot be proven objectively.
    What right or wrong is, has been defined by people and can therefore be changed.
    Without people, there would be no ideas of right and wrong. (Animals don't look for meaning, values, morals, and truth.)

    People define right and wrong as a principle of their culture and religion and as an orientation, for their society and its survival.
    The values thus created have tremendous power, because if we question others 'values, claiming they have no ultimate truth, are subjective and relative, that can spark wars, because we quickly claim more than just our beliefs for our truths and values.

    For me personally, it is important not to harm anyone with my decisions and actions. Then is the reason for my decision is secondary.


  •                   My friend, simply, the perfect way is, the one which my conscience will be relieved. God bless you.

  • Hello Tim, 

    This question is truly intriguing me to answer on my side. For me, I choose the second part to do the wrong thing for the right reason. To begin with, we are as human beings we know nothing every single piece and otherwise nobody is perfect in this world. We could learn from the wrong thing to not repeat same mistakes in the future. That's my superficial response. 

  •   Well , this is a philosophical  question  . What is right ? What is wrong ? Is different or relative from one person to another  and from one culture to another  . 

    • Yes Rosemary, it is a philosophical question.  I enjoy questions that engage one in thinking.  And I agree with you, it is sometimes difficult to define right and wrong which is why sometimes we do wrong thinking or intending to do right.


  • Hehe.. every situation needs different treatment,  no?

    • So you are choosing to sit on the fence :)

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