Critical Question: Ethics

“Our lives today demand that we face and respond to ethical dilemmas.” Do you agree or disagree?

Personally, I’d say I disagree, but that is very dependent on what you consider an ethical dilemma.

Some people would beg to differ that we face ethical dilemmas everyday, but that is a point of view, for a lot of people, they feel they have to deal with the dilemmas like  “should we help the homeless” or “Am I doing enough for the homeless”. With that example, some would say that they do and that they try to help the homeless by giving them money or something along those lines. While others would say it is up to the government to fix the problem of the homeless.

For those who said that that it is up to them to solve this problem, they should feel they face ethical dilemmas everyday, but for those who think it should all be solved by the government, they have it a lot easier. They feel they don’t need to worry about anything, that since they’ve pay their taxes, they’ve done their part for the community, but in my opinion that’s not true. There is always more you can do for the community than just pay your taxes, so rather than them not having to face the ethical dilemmas, they just ignore them, even though they’re still there.

But you do face harder ethical dilemmas occasionally, for example the one we faced in class, with the “10 suspects, 1 murderer”. It went something like this: They’re are ten suspects for a murder that was committed, but only one of them did it. The problem is, you can’t figure out who did it, so you’re faced with a choice: Jail them all or let them all walk. This is one of the harder than the ones you would see on a daily basis. This one for me, is the definition of a ethical dilemma, because it has no right answer, because to me, ethics is just another way of saying morals. So an ethical dilemma, is a dilemma with no morally right choice, while for example the homeless one has a morally correct choice.

Most people consider a problem where they just can’t be bothered, or where they have to put in an effort an ethical dilemma, but it’s not. What they are actually facing is the question of do I do what’s morally right, or do I do what’s easier? In my opinion that’s the real dilemma people face on a daily basis, not an ethical one.


2 thoughts on “Critical Question: Ethics

  1. Week 3 – Critical Question Assessment

    Ethics Week

    Hi David,

    I was pleased to see you draw on homelessness trail and the intro to ethics class as you attempted to establish whether or not people face ethical dilemmas on a daily basis.

    However, I am left feeling uncertain of your stance. In your opening paragraph, you reject the idea that people must grapple with ethical dilemmas on a daily basis; then in your definition of ethical dilemmas [following your discussion on the intro to ethics class] you suggest that ethics and morals are essentially the same thing.

    However – at the end of your essay – you seem to argue that our daily dilemmas are moral rather than ethical – contradicting the suggestions that they are somehow related [or possibly even one and the same] and that people don’t face daily dilemmas.

    I encourage you to review your work before posting it – so that you can identify any inconsistencies in your argument. It might be worth having someone else review it, so that if they notice inconsistencies – you are able to have a conversation with them and clarify what your stance actually is.

    I am happy to be that person if you would like, you just need to send me your draft and then make time to have a chat.

    Don’t forget to do additional research!



    Coherence of argument: level 0 of 2
    Use of evidence: level 2 of 2
    Further Research: level 0 of 1
    Multiple Perspectives: level 1 of 2
    Critical Thinking: level 0 of 1
    Expression & language use: 1 level of 1

    These levels refer to the

    Assessment Rubric.

    • What I was saying in the last paragraph was that people aren’t facing an ethical dilemma (which has no morally right answer), but they are in fact facing their laziness, which is something different all together

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