The Cost of Caring, Ethics of Caring in Environmental Ethics and Caring all demonstrate the reality behind the ethics of caring.
Month: April 2019
When asked to make a decision from an ethical stand point it can be difficult. How does one come to a decision that is, from their view, ethical? Many people make their decisions within ethics, and even their everyday lives based off of the utilitarian approach. Utilitarianism is described as “a moral principle that holds that the morally right course of action in any situation is the one that produces the greatest balance of benefits over harms for everyone affected”. In both articles, Calculating Consequences: The Utilitarian Approach to Ethics and The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle, they gave scenarios where you had to make a choice. In Calculating Consequences it made a point that in a situation you will do “the greatest good for the greatest number”. Basically saying that if you have to injure one person to save five others, its ethically okay. In The Drowning Child article it gave several scenarios that allow you to reflect on yourself and how you make decisions. It made a point that we are more likely, as humans, to help and give our time to things we can see. We all fail to see how some of our everyday actions could be detrimental to other people and places that are out of our sight. All and all, these articles left me with a question. If we could see how our actions effected people and places that are out of sight, would we make choices that benefit more people over time or make choices based on the benefit in the moment, even if it is detrimental to a large group of people?
As I read through I Am Blue, I was caught off guard by the underlying purpose of this story. I really liked how the author used a story to draw us in and to make a comparison to an ethical problem. Slavery is a tough topic to speak about but when you put it into a context that everyone can understand it makes it easier. The author made the comparison between Blue, the horse, being intentionally put into the same pasture as another horse so it could be bred and a slave and its slave master being put together so she could carry their child. She then went on to talk about how she could see the mood and emotion of the horse changed. He was hurt and lonely. Just like after a slave, or anyone for that matter, has been raped, she is hurt and lonely. “It was a look so piercing, so full of grief, a look so human… there are people who do not know that animals suffer… Everything you do to us will happen to you; we are your teachers, as you are ours. We are one lesson” is a portion of the story that stood out to me. It is saying that everyone that you ever come into contact with can be effected of your actions. Although slaves were looked at as “property” or even “animals” they felt pain too. A lesson is learned in every situation, you learn from people and people learn from you.
For the past few decades, our country has been struggling with a racism problem. It is mostly evident in our criminal justice system. There are countless statistics and cases that have proven that our minority population is not treated fairly in the court of law. The criminal justice system has many subcategories; courts, laws, policing, prisons. I specifically focused on the sentencing of minorities and how institutionalized racism has affected them.