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Do you find it moral when a person becomes quite wealthy from liquor?

Asked by Aster (15577 points ) May 4th, 2014

I have a nice, intelligent Facebook friend who inherited a fortune from his parents. They operated a big liquor store in Beverly Hills for decades and really raked in the cash. Now he travels the world with his sweet girlfriend.
Is this distasteful or vulgar to you? Or do you feel he deserves it since he is a sober person who does community work and belongs to many service organizations?

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Symbeline's avatar

I’m not sure I understand what this has to do with morality.

Aster's avatar

^^^^^^^^ many people want nothing to do with alcohol or its possible monetary benefits. For instance, I know a man who had a Coors distributorship but, upon becoming a Christian, got rid of it. That’s what it has to do with morality for some.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Yes. It isn’t his fault that there are so many drunkards in Beverly Hills. Nor is it his fault that the parents left him all their ill-gotten gain(s).

What would you have him do? Throw it all away?

anniereborn's avatar

Personally, I don’t see the problem

Aster's avatar

@Dan_Lyons LOL !! I’d rather he give it to me. LOL

gailcalled's avatar

Wine producing countries in the world.2009 for an approximate 26, 217,000 tons. That’s a lot of income added to the GNP. No one is forced to buy the stuff.

Italy alone has over 900,000 registered vineyards. Source.

What does traveling the world with a sweet girlfriend have to do with morality?

I don’t have the time to research the stats on beer.

cheebdragon's avatar

Well, I don’t find it immoral.

Don’t be a hater.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Why would you assume that all of the customers of the liquor store are alcoholics or somehow being taken advantage of? I’m no alcoholic, but my local liquor store has had plenty of business from me. I don’t understand what this could possibly have to do with morality.

@Aster Do you think that drinking is immoral? Do you drink? If so, where do you buy liquor? And does your purchasing liquor there somehow doom the owner to a life of sin?

That makes no sense.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

I am going to answer this from my personal perspective, I have my flame retardant suit back from the cleaners anyhow,. He inherited the money, he per se, did not earn that money; his parents did. What he is going with the money now determines if he is doing moral things with it. If he is soiling the sheets of many high-priced hotels around the world with his g/f then he is doing immoral things with the money that no amount of good charity can erase; charitable acts are part of his reasonable service, that holds true if he is a multi-millionaire, of a ”thousandnair”.

gailcalled's avatar

In addition to possibly “soiling the sheets of many high-priced hotels around the with with his g/f,” “he is {also} a sober person who does community work and belongs to many service organizations.”

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central How is soiling sheets with your g/f immoral?

Aster's avatar

How is anything immoral to Flutherites except hurting animals? No; I drank myself half to death as a teenager then after turning twenty lost interest in drinking. It’s almost part of being human to drink. So I’m borderline inhuman.
Decades ago I would have thought less of a couple, especially an older one, shacking up. Now I’ve changed and don’t care one way or the other.
I didn’t want to give the impression that I personally think the guy is immoral. But, as usual, if I ask a question then everybody takes it for granted that they know how I feel. But you don’t know how I feel about him. I was asking what you all think of the situation with the inheritance and use thereof. I like the guy and respect him.

elbanditoroso's avatar

So what?

It’s not how you GET it, it’s what you do when you have it.?

And please, in 10 words or less, define to me a universal understanding of morality.

Morality is situational and based on a person’s own individual beliefs. Who is to say that @Aster ‘s definition of morality is the one we should all live by?

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Dan_Lyons How is soiling sheets with your g/f immoral?
It is not something you would receive because we play in totally different ball fields; for you, and many others, it is what it is. It would be pointless to explain it if you were not in a place to even fathom it as I would explain it.

Darth_Algar's avatar

No. I don’t find the dealing of drugs, legal or illegal, to be inherently immoral. People will have what they want and people have wanted a little chemical escapism for pretty much as long as people have been around.

Symbeline's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central If you’re not willing to explain how soiling sheets is immoral, then maybe it wasn’t that hot of an idea to use it as an example in order to answer the question.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central “It would be pointless to explain it if you were not in a place to even fathom it as I would explain it.”

Oh really. You think you are so advanced and supremely intelligent that lesser mortals will not understand you? hahahahahahahaha

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Symbeline If you’re not willing to explain how soiling sheets is immoral, then maybe it wasn’t that hot of an idea to use it as an example in order to answer the question.
I am always willing to explain it, but I don’t want to derail this thread with a bunch of pointless arguments from people who will not take it on face value but try to devalue it. The question was if I thought a given act was moral or not. Because I use a different yardstick to measure moral or not, it would be like trying to measure with metric when one is used to SAE. Unless you can fathom how metric works, it would be pointless to use it, but I was asked to answer the question from what I believed, so I did.

@Dan_Lyons Oh really. You think you are so advanced and supremely intelligent that lesser mortals will not understand you?
Far from it, but as I just told @Symbeline, if I am using a yardstick you do not understand, it is not that I am smarter, it is jusat I am using something you can’t follow because it is not what you learned to use. It might as well be like using ohms, and watts, to someone use to using Fahrenheit and Celsius; it just doesn’t translate into any usable manner.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central *I am using a yardstick you do not understand

Oh really. How do you know what I do or don’t understand? Sounds a bit smug and arrogant to me.

I know exactly why you think this unmarried couple is immoral to be making love. Which just makes you a bit of a stick in the mud, according to my yardstick, which I won’t bother explaining to you because you undoubtedly will be unable to comprehend me.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Dan_Lyons I know exactly why you think this unmarried couple is immoral to be making love.
If you know why I would think it immoral for them to be soiling the sheets, why ask me to explain it, what was all that for? There was no smugness at all, you seem to say you know, so i did not have to say anything, but had I said something you would have spent the next day and a half saying it was not true, so you go with what is true to you, and I will for me, and we will all be happy. If it were a baiting comment, sorry, I am not that hungry today.

BeenThereSaidThat's avatar

You mean like Joe Kennedy during prohibition?

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