By Piers Anthony
Xanth was once the enchanted land the place magic ruled--where each citizen had a distinct spell purely he may well solid. that's, apart from Bink of North Village. He was once yes he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't locate a few quickly, he will be exiled. in accordance with the nice Magician Humpfrey, the charts stated that Bink was once as strong because the King or maybe the Evil Magician Trent. regrettably, not anyone may well make sure its shape. in the meantime, Bink was once in depression. If he didn't locate his magic quickly, he will be pressured to leave....
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Even a negative formulation of the principle of utility will not avoid this kind of moral totalitarianism if it requires action to minimise suffering. In most ordinary situations of morally acceptable conduct there is probably something more that the agent could have done to achieve this end than he did. What is needed is a limited negative formulation of the principle which lays down that every action that reduces the general happiness should be avoided, unless every possible alternative would reduce it still more.
The two trivial objections are that utilitarianism is godless and that it 'renders men cold and unsympathetic' by fixing their attention on the consequences of actions rather than on the characters of their agents. The example of Paley was available to show that as long as God moves in an unmysterious way, as long as his benevolence consists in a desire for his creatures' happiness in a sense that they can recognise and understand, God's commands can be shown to coincide with the dictates of the principles of utility.
But for A to have the consequences X is only a rational expectation if it is generally the case that acts of kind A have consequences of kind X. The reasoning required for a rational 49 expectation that a particular act of kind A will have good consequences is inevitably sufficient to establish the rule that acts of kind A are right or, in a comparative case of the sort I started from, that an act of kind A is right as against an act of kind B. It is now easy to see that it is not essential to the argument that the rightness of an action should be defined in terms of its rationally expectable consequences.
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, Book 1) by Piers Anthony