tism wrote:vertigo wrote:For anyone who considers it to be useful to sacrifice themselves, your point falls away. Only if self-sacrifice is considered to be unuseful, is it morally wrong. Is it not useful in some cases to sacrifice oneself?
Can you provide some examples?
I was thinking of the example of a husband who works to allow his wife to avoid working. Taking on that burden is a sacrifice of sorts unless the benefit his children receive is such that they will return the favour to him in the future. I mean, they will be better equipped to support him in old age for it. But if it is just because he sees that as his duty, is that not a sacrifice? And is it not a useful sacrifice, given that he wishes to perform his duty?
Performing a duty is a useful sacrifice perhaps, for those who choose to perform according to their duties. If it is an investment, it must be an investment of time and effort to attain the status of being dutiful. But I don't think that status is anything tangible.