Of Ends & Means

The ends do not justify the means nor do the means justify the end.  BOTH the means & the end have to be good to justify action.  If you have good principles & can bring them into your methodology then your action & goals must be congruent with your principles.
I think most people will agree that clean air,water & soil is good for all. Similarly, those in need should be cared for, the sick should be healed, abundant food of a healthy kind should be available to all & everyone who can should be involved somehow in making this all happen.  We all should treat each other with respect & according to the Golden Rule as members of the human race.
We differ a lot in the means. 

Stealing, lying, killing are very bad means. Bad means = bad results.

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Mark de LA says
Matthew 15-20: ... could inspire.

15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.


Mark de LA says
FYI, this is how I wrote the idea into Common Logic in 1984 -

Common Logic

Common Logic is a SYNERGY OF INDIVIDUALS called forth to establish the economics & politics of a Golden-Rule-based-society: We are modeled after the God-given perfect example of dynamic equilibrium given to us as the human body. We dedicate our work to the proposition that the ends & the means - (both the goals & the process ) must be true, beautiful & good to be fulfilled in Common Logic.