Future People and moral consideration
Random ethical question, Everyone here will pretty accept we should morally consider people before we take an action. The question is should we morally consider people who do not yet exist (future people)? This is easiest when looking at the environment.
Should we look after the environment for people who do not yet exist? Are we morally required to do this? after all they don't exist why should we?
Who gets priority currently existing people or the future non existing people.. why? there will always be more people in the future than there is now so how do we calculate what is more important? do we develop now harming future generations for a better now or the opisite?
How far ahead do we have to be morally considerable for? are we morally considerable for the next generation? how about 100 generations from now? where is the line where we no longer have to morally consider them?
Can you justify refusing someone a reasource (firewood from an endangered tree or whatever) causing them to die so that tree will still be around for future people?
just some random food for thought
Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
No animal shall wear clothes.
No animal shall sleep in a bed.
No animal shall drink alcohol.
No animal shall kill any other animal.
All animals are equal.