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Who decides what is right and wrong? Are there some universal understandings of what is right and what is wrong?

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Who decides what is right and wrong?

There are certain questions that must be questioned -- that is, challenged at their root -- because they consist of smuggling a false premise into the mind of a careless listener. It comes up in many different ways, directly and indirectly. It is usually asked in some formulation such as: Who decides what is right or wrong?"

In all areas of life there must be standards to determine right and wrong. As we have standards to measure length, weight, duration of time etc., we should have standards of life. What one decides may be right for him but not for all. This is the reason why we have so many cultures and religions. If a person would have been always right, there wouldn't have been so many religions, cultures, languages, etc. Since no one's opinion is more valuable than anyone else's, each of us must personally decide what is right and wrong ? for us.

Students of Objectivism are not likely to ask this question, but they may hear it from others and fail to understand its nature.

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