Do you think the end or the means is more important?
Does the end justify the means?
I think that this is a bit like asking if the hen comes before the egg or if the egg precedes the hen.
In my opinion the ends and the means are both important. Their relative proportion can vary with the individual case. Take the legend of Robin Hood, who would rob the rich to feed the poor. In that case the end was more important and completely justified the means.
Now consider something ilike education. Many people consider it a means to an end: the end being the acquiring of a job, or the acquisition of a degree. This would make the means less important. But in my opinion education is not just a means to an end, it is an end in itself.
There are many situations where the means and the end are equally important. This brings us back to our egg and hen conundrum.
In the final analysis, the relative importance of the means and tbe end xepends on the particular situation.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question # 36