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Subject: Virtue or Good

Written By: Davester on 07/11/03 at 01:11 a.m.

  A friend at work, who reads Nietzsche, posed a question to me, yesterday.  I will, in turn, ask you, merely out of curiosity...

  Two married women lay in bed, dying of cancer.  Their husbands are at their sides.

  One woman has been unfaithful at some point during their marriage, the other woman has been faithful.  Both husbands have remained faithful throughout the marriage.

  Comforting their dying wives, which of the husbands is "good" and which "virtuous"?

Subject: Re: Virtue or Good

Written By: Goreripper on 07/11/03 at 01:23 a.m.

So basically the questions asks which one is better than the other. From the little information we have, we have to say that the "virtuous" is the one who comforts his unfaithful wife. However, we're not told if the husband knew his wife was unfaithful, and we can neither assume that he is comforting her because he still loves her or simply because he sees her as a suffering person about to die. We also cannot say that, despite the other couple remaining faithful to one another, their marriage had been unhappy for many years. If that was the case, then the other husband would be virtuous also.
I have a lot of problems with Nietzche. This is but one of them.  

Subject: Re: Virtue or Good

Written By: HolyDooley on 07/11/03 at 01:43 a.m.

I'm with Goreripper!  In matters of 'love'..... the state of the wife integrity.... should be irrelevant to the husbands feelings towards her. It's an impossible call as far as I'm concerned.

Subject: Re: Virtue or Good

Written By: Bobby on 07/11/03 at 03:53 a.m.

Davester, what is the point you are trying to make?

Subject: Re: Virtue or Good

Written By: My_name_is_Kenny on 07/11/03 at 08:38 a.m.

i dont undrstand