03/06/19 – A Moral Guy Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Also there’s the moral that if you can’t rob your cohorts blind, at least get the credit for being magnanimous. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 03/05/19 – Security Measures 03/07/19 – Tracked 10 Comments Coyoty March 6, 2019 at 12:35 am 5 years ago It’s much easier to do business with people again if you don’t betray them. tim March 6, 2019 at 12:17 pm 5 years ago “The universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: Energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest.” – G’Kar andreas March 6, 2019 at 12:52 pm 5 years ago The freelance mercenary union strikes (fear into the heart of their paymasters). Efogoto March 6, 2019 at 1:08 pm 5 years ago So “Share the wealth and don’t lose your head” is the moral of the story? Peter Rogan March 6, 2019 at 5:07 pm 5 years ago Keeping your head is good advice for most situations. In fact, I can’t think of one where that would be an advantage. Unless you’re a professional berserk, and protocol demands it. watcher March 6, 2019 at 5:28 pm 5 years ago Universe is very large, and without a result he has just handed over a lot of money. TB March 6, 2019 at 5:34 pm 5 years ago It is a practical solution. While mercenaries screwing other people over is a longtime story trope, it’s probably more likely that the successful ones would keep their deals. Even the Ferengi considered contracts inviolable, but watch out for fine print. That, and anyplace that money would be spendable is probably too close to civilization for comfort. Muzhik March 6, 2019 at 8:10 pm 5 years ago Reminds me of #49 on Schlock Mercenary’s “70 Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries”: Every client is one missed payment away from becoming a target, and every target is one bribe away from becoming a client. Randall R. Besch March 6, 2019 at 11:56 pm 5 years ago As long as you can out bid the other contractors you can win and they can lose their heads. If you know about it and who they are and what they look like… Mercenaries have no allegiance except to a steady paycheck. So loyalty is out of the question. Nezumi October 1, 2019 at 2:43 am 4 years ago I mean, from a strict individualist perspective (such as that proposed by Objectivism), it *is* a moral imperative, as individual (“rational”) self-interest is the greatest possible good. Leave a Reply to tim Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.