Week 3 critical question

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

I agree that we must face ethical dilemmas in everyday life because everything we do makes us think whether it is “right” or “wrong” or if not that it is maybe a choice between two different “rights” or “wrongs” and having to choose one, whenever we eat we must make ethical decisions and because of a survey that was done that showed impressive results towards ethics in everyday life.

I think that everything we do in everyday life is an ethical dilemma, no matter how easy or how long it takes for you to decide what is “right” and whether you should do it or not. We make countless decisions in our day-to-day life and most, if not all of them are riddled with ethics such as “should I not do my homework and do something active instead?” “Should I do my homework instead of going to soccer training?” “Is it ok to be late to school if I’m still the smartest in the class?” some of these may be easy to answer for you but for other may pose a serious ethical dilemma.

“Food makes philosophers of us all. Death does the same . . . but death comes only once . . . and choices about food come many times each day.” This is a fantastic quote from The Ethics of Food by Gregory E. Pence. And it’s true, every time we eat food, especially meat; we must make an ethical decision in whether it is ok for us to eat this food and we will have to be open for judgement by others on our choices. I think this argument alone is grounds for saying that everyday life demands us to face ethical dilemmas.

As Albert Schweitzer, a German philosopher has said, “Example is not the main thing influencing others. It is the only thing.” Thomas Shanks has had the chance to talk to hundreds of people about ethics and has collected many ethical questions. He understands that most people would like to live an ethical life doing the right things; however he also knows that people can get in the way of themselves and doing the right thing, sometimes going a huge effort now still won’t change how people will look at you, sometimes it’s hard to know the “right” thing to do and there’s a cost to doing the right thing also. The fact that this is published means that ethics in everyday life is real.

Because all decisions are bound by ethics, food choices are ethical and there is an article on ethics in everyday life I agree that life demands us to face ethical dilemmas all the time.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Schweitzer -16th of February

http://www.autoinc.org/archives/2006/april2006/mech.htm -16th of February

http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v8n1/everydayethics.html -16th of February

http://books.google.com.au/books/about/The_Ethics_of_Food.html?id=Qob8owzCp-QC&redir_esc=y -16th of February


One thought on “Week 3 critical question

  1. Jane

    A well written response Lachy. You state your position clearly and support it throughout your writing. More inclusion of the work we have done during the week would improve your argument. The evidence you actually gathered through observation, listening & surveying on the Wednesday trail could have been used.

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

    see you tomorrow
    jane 🙂


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