I'm going to touch on this one. You said:
> However, I think we would find some -- fairly -- universal laws
> regarding murder, theft, and so forth, and I believe our laws are in
> fact reflective of our values.
To a certain extent you have a point. But let's take murder. It's
unlawful for someone to kill someone else. But it isn't unlawful for
a policeman to kill a murderer, or the state to execute a convicted
felon, or the US Marines to bomb IRAN, killing hundreds. We have
laws, and we have exceptions. When we are dealing with core values, I
don't think there are acceptable exceptions for the individual. If we
truly go with a true core value of 'Thou Shalt Not Murder', then we
would have to let someone kill us instead of us killing them.
In thinking this through further, maybe values have hierarchies. My
number one value may be my life, or even the life of my children. I
may sacrifice my value of my own life for the life of my sons. I may
sacrifice my value of 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' to save my life or my
families, or even a stranger.
Values, is tricky!
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