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When should a rule be broken?


When should a rule be broken?

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Visitor Comments: 10

(8) Andreas, October 9, 2013 7:13 AM


Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools

(7) Robbie, October 9, 2013 5:16 AM

...yea, but it wasn't 'yaharog v'al ya-avor'!

The philosophers & Torah teach that suicide is wrong because our bodies don't belong to us - they are the property of Hashem. Murder is NOT wrong unless the Torah says it is. The Torah gives us 3 (& only 3) instances where we are not permitted to violate the Torah, but rather, we are obligated to give up our lives.They are:
1) Avodah Zarah (worship this idol)
2) Shfichat Domim (murder him or I'll murder you
3) Gilui Arayot (have a forbidden sexual encounter)
The Torah also teaches, "One who saves a life... it is as if he has saved the entire world". This & other sources teach that the over-abiding directive is to ALWAYS save a life when it is at all practically possible to do so.
Sorry guys, but I have been a Star Trek fan since the very 1st show in 1968, & the "Prime Directive" is NOT one of these 3 mandated reasons to give up your life, thus the clear Torah obligation would be to save Spock's life!
(Were there, perhaps 10 "Nisyonot" given to James Tiberius Kirk too? lol)

(6) Anonymous, October 9, 2013 12:38 AM

a rule may be broken when necessary.

The situation and the factors which are operative are always the determinants. Rules are important, but they are to be applied, embedded in real life. One cannot be so inflexible, that one states that a rule may never be broken. When there are overriding factors, one sometimes has to.

(5) Virginia, October 8, 2013 7:43 PM


To save a life is to save a world.

(4) Eliyahu, October 8, 2013 6:50 PM

They already did...

By stopping a volcanic eruption, they already interfered with the natural progression of life on that planet. Seeing the ship only added a bit to the mythos of the culture. And we have a long history of interfering with other species, everything from driving the passenger pigeon to extinction, to saving otters from extinction. In the Star Trek example, the only way they could honestly follow the prime directive would be to stand off and watch the effects of the volcano as it erupts and destroys the native population while repeating to themselves, "I'm glad I'm not involved."

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