I ask myself this on a daily basis when approaching life. I think it's good to reflect on what we do to better ourselves.
It depends on how much harm the means cause others and yourself.
If a person is somewhat pragmatic, then yes, in some cases the ends justify the means.
My practicallity may be diferent than yours, I believe it is a matter of conscious still you have to reap what you sow even when impractical and have a marred sense of pragmatism.
In an extreme case where you have to protect the life of a child, the ends justify the means. In the final analysis, one has to be alive to have a conscience.
good "ends" is justified by good "means".
bad "ends" is justified by bad "means"
it is therefore, the personal definition of good and bad that really comes into play when one is attempting to determine "justify".
additionally, the motive for such "means" must also be evaluated if we are to appropriately determine "justify".
And, one should consider the injury or other criteria when evaluating.
elaborate evaluation cannot simply be embraced by this miniscule question because it requires breadth and depth of vital wisdom concerning the actor, motive, criteria, injury, and reflection before an adequate determination can be forthcoming.
WOW Fantastic, I believe perfect peace is a good end and the aggregate of evil a bad end. Means is the process and justify the reasoning in the process.
Having said that I agree with your original quote bad "ends" is justified by bad "means" (KIS).
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