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Just because you can, doesn't make it right


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05:22 Sep 21, 2001
English to Lithuanian translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Just because you can, doesn't make it right
Just because you can, doesn't make it right

The net is a frontier that offers a kind of freedom not generally found in the real world. It is an environment where is not only greather freedom, but where the laws, rules, and social standarts are not quite as clear, or perhaps not quite as enforceable, as we have come to expect in other areas of uor lives. How will you choose to respond to this new level of freedom?
At one extreme, there are people who maintain that they should have the freedom and right to use the net in whatever way they choose, without regard for the harm they may iflict upon others. These people place a high priority on their own individual freedom, often to the detriment of the rights of other individuls or the common good. What they fail to recognize is that individual freedom, unguided by social and ethical values, is nothing more than rule.
At the other extreme, some people in our society have significant misgivings about the freedom that the Net provides and would like to find ways to restrict that freedom through the imposition of external control - more rules and laws.
It would appear that neither of these approaches holds much promise.The successful operation of the Net will depend on those who hold different philosophy:
People who value individual freedom, but recognize that individual freedom must be balanced by personal responsibility, respect for others, and concern for the common good.
In environment where external control can not be relied upon to restrict harmful behavior, the entire issue comes down to personal choise:
Some people in our society have established an internal system of values that embraces a balance between individual freedom and responsibility to others and to the common good. These people act in accordance with their values, even when they are in an environment the allows them the freedom to do otherwise. They will do what is right, not what can get away with.
Other people have not internalized a set of avlues. They think primary of themselves, not of others or of the common good. These people maybehave appropriately when there is good chance they will get into trouble if they don't. But when they enter an environment where there is less chance of getting caught, they tend to act without regard for others. They will do what they can get away with.

Your use of the Net will reflect who you are.


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