Chapter 3 summary: Ethics

Chapter three focuses on the hottly debated topic of ethics. This is such a sensitive subject because it differs from person to person, depending upon what they feel is ethical and what is not. There are stadards out there, such as the Rotary International Four-Way test for ethical decision making: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? and Will it be beneficitial to all concerened? These things are in place, but once agian, it all depends on the person is is making the final decision. There are three specific situations when ethical decisions come into play, these things being absolute, existnetial and situational. Absoluteist believe that the decision is either right or wrong, with no grey areas. Existentialists make their decisions based on the right now, choosing whatever they feel will be the most beneficial at that very moment. The final type, situationalist, live by the John Stuart Mill quote saying that if the end justifies the means then it was a success. They usually choose the path the will bring the most good, or the least bad, depending upon the situation. All decisions that are made most be taken as a brand new one, depending on the situations and current conditions that the decision is being made. In the end, the issue of ethics comes down to personal decisions, whether or not someone is willing to sacrifice someone else for their personal benefit, or they will make the decision for the greater good.


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