May 16, 2004

Would it be ethical

to gratuitously insert my political opinions into my NYT Magazine ethics advice column? Here's ethicist Randy Cohen answering the question whether a fly fisherman who has decided fly fishing is immoral can give his equipment to friends and family:
If you forswore eating sweets, a morally neutral act, you could give away your pie pans. But were you to donate your muddler or soft hackle, your crystal bugger or filibustering condoleezza -- this last may not be an actual fly; I'm a confirmed indoorsman myself -- to other fisherfolk, you'd be abetting what you regard as misconduct.

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