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Self-Determination
Posted 4/20/07
Should people have the right to choose or should the best choice be chosen for them?

This basically sums up the issues surrounding the debate over "self-determination". Self-determination being a persons "right" to choose what they do and what happens to them.
And a few other things to think about;

=> Should people be restricted in their actions and choices in order that they don't hurt themselves and others?

=> Can it ever be justified to remove someones right to decide what they do to themself? (assuming they do not hurt another person)

=> Is self-determination a right?
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Posted 4/20/07
do you mean say if a person is suicidal should that person have the right to be by themselves. also if a person is a struggling alcoholic should that person have the right to drove a vehicle.
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Posted 4/20/07
This is 2 sides if the same coin. There are exceptions to every rule.
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Posted 4/20/07
Well he did say "as long as others were not hurt." Therefore, drinking while driving does not count.
It's difficult to say. I feel like sometimes people should be left to decide for themselves whether the choices they make are good or not. It would be annoying if someone kept on telling you something without getting a chance to see for yourself.
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Posted 4/20/07
i think it's your choice. and it's also your conscience.
Posted 4/20/07
let people make their own mistakes and let them learn from them
Posted 4/20/07
As kankokujin said, as long as you don't hurt anyone else. It's good to learn from your mistakes and you know yourslef better than other people.
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Posted 4/20/07
As discussed, the choice of drunk driving. I have to admit, I drive when I drink. But I am never so intoxicated that I can't walk in a straight line and I refuse to drive people when I am DUI. People that knows me knows I do this. And there are many times where my friends takes away my keys. So yes, I believe self-determination is good but only in a controlled surrounding since people always make mistakes. I also believe self-determination is a basic human right.
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Posted 4/20/07
"Brave new world" comes to mind, where Mustfa tells the savage he is essentially asking for the right to be unhappy.

I basically agree with noodle. I prefer to analyze one case at a time, then eventually we may come to some moral principles.
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Posted 4/20/07
^ agree.

Too broad henz =/
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Posted 4/20/07
lol, i agree also. but they should take responsibility for their actions.
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Posted 4/20/07
is self-determination equatable to free will? If it is, than it cannot be removed from man. For so long as you repress within him the ability to choose for himself, rebellion will follow, and a longing for freedom will ensnare him. Man always wants to choose for himself, that's why, more likely than not, we always make the stupidest of choices, and the last thing we want is to be told what to do.
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Posted 4/20/07
^ complicated...

haha. oh well...self-determination...is really case by case...and it's smth you determine yourself...what you want to accept and what you don't.
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Posted 4/20/07
That is a complicated matter depending on what situation and who gives it~ sometimes its better to heed the advice then to touch the burning flame with ur barehands to see if it really burns.
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Posted 4/20/07
^ someone can counter that by saying "true experience only comes when one actually gets burned by the flame". To a certain extent, this makes sense. I'd rather live a life experienced first-hand than live one based on vicarious experiences told by me.
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