A current example is climate science. Although knowing it derives from the highly successful method of scientific means, the propriety of recognizing the existence of the risk associated with it is, nevertheless, arbitrary — yielding to a “moral hazard” dimension.
Capitalists say that relying on scientific expertise is an appeal to authority. A more objective, less arbitrary, sense of the right thing to do is the real, measurable, economic effect.
The president recently issued an executive order to roll back environmental regulation, relying on economic measures. Regulatory authority slows economic growth, capitalists contend, and kills jobs. It is better to kill the lily of the valley than kill jobs.
According to Objectivists, the moral dimension is arbitrary. Having a sense of morality, however, is a measure of the probable risk. Having a natural existence (random as it may appear to be in temporal sequence), the moral dimension is (as Kant said) a “natural obligation.”
The executive order of the president to reformulate the risk disambiguates the value of the risk on command. A teeny-tiny wildflower (randomly determined to exist in priority) just doesn’t matter. What really matters is the act of self-determination, having the real, demonstrated, measurable power to determine the fate of others, like the king, on command.
Random as the sequence of events may actually be (like Kant said), the moral obligation (the moral IQ) is real, nevertheless. It exists on demand, having the efficient cause of a measurable existence, obtained (objectively) in the prior form of the natural aesthetic.
Modifying the temporal sequence (derived from — determined by — random events) does not reformulate the real risk, but actualizes its determination on demand.
The aesthetic measure is not a pathetic fallacy. It is not the product of an arbitrary, random existence disambiguated by making it conform to the image of my self. It is the attainment of an aesthetic value (the true nature of my “self”), self-assembled and conserved in its original form to indicate the probable risk with “final” authority (like the king), but existing (naturally subordinated to the real risk) on demand.
(See the two grigrafx images below, presented as an existential expression of the pathetic, and the aesthetic, in the natural, risk dimension. Also see other articles, by griffithlighton, on the regulatory concept of attainment, the proprietary risk dimension, and the natural-efficiency ontologics of the obtaining risk value.)