Tom Palven wrote:
Not carrying a wallet wouldn't help a woman told to take her clothes off. If she pulls out a gun and shoots the attacker, who may rape and strangle her, she may not only be protecting herself, but future victims if the attacker continues to be blackmailed into raping and murdering women to protect the life of his family.
More seriously, what is your opinion of Confucius' view of reciprocity, expressed some 300 years before Rabbi Hillel's version, "Do not unto others that which is hateful to you. This is the whole of the law; the rest is commentary", which, again, was espoused several decades before Christ's Sermon on the Mount?
Confucius allegedly said that human ethics could be expressed in that one word, "reciprocity". Can we agree that if we don't want ourselves to be violated that we shouldn't brandish a knife in an effort to rob or rape someone? That this action would be unethical? IMHO robbing, raping, or othewise initiating force against another person is unethical.
I'm not a big fan of changing the question to make a point. Oh, oh, what if the robber with a knife if four-years old?
I think robbing and raping are unethical. Initiating force may or may not be unethical.
I disagree with Airzone, and we've disagreed before, on rationalizing your actions to the point that ethical becomes unethical and the opposite.