Would it be ethically wrong for me to piss all over an AMPM Mini Mart?
This whole BP oil spill thing has me pretty steamed, I can tell you. I don’t get how British Petroleum thinks it’s OK to do slovenly drilling and mess up the whole Gulf of Mexico. There’s crude oil all over everything down there, the beaches, the birds, the dolphins, even the ocean floor. It’s like they think they somehow have the right to just mess up the whole world. Well I know it’s the fourth largest company in the world, but that doesn’t mean the world belongs to British Petroleum. The world belongs to everyone, and all the living things on it. Where does BP come off messing it all up?
It’s like, suppose I were to walk into an AMPM Mini Mart (which is owned by BP), whip it out, and just piss all over everything. Yeah, I messed up something that doesn’t belong to me. Just like you, BP.
Would that be wrong?
Yes, that would be wrong. The act you propose would not be productive. That is to say, it wouldn’t make you any money. It is ethically justifiable to mess up things that do not belong to you if you make money in the process. That is in the Bible. Somewhere.