Huma 1000: Cultures and Values Essay

1073 WordsSep 28, 20155 Pages
In traditional Chinese culture, the concept of family love is deep rooted in every person’s heart. As there is a saying ‘Blood is thicker than water’, the feelings of family members have always been the most important criteria in the decision-making process of Chinese people. In contrast, striking for the truth and acting according to the law is the main mindset for Western society when making decisions. These two different concepts seem quite contradictory but it is actually quite difficult to strike a balance when dealing with certain issues. This is actually what William Bulger had encountered, when he had to choose between his brother and the law. His brother, James Bulger, was enlisted in the Top Ten Most Wanted list at that time for committing serious crimes. He chose the first option, which is to refuse assisting the police in order to protect his brother. This is where the argument begins, as to whether or not helping his brother to escape from the police was morally appropriate. This essay will argue why William Bulger’s act was immoral. The argument will be supported by a few examples in society followed by some common ethical values in the modern world. Firstly, the first priority when making a decision should be upholding the law in order to stabilize the society. It is the responsibility of citizens to follow the rule of law and this act itself is considered as being moral. As William’s brother was a wanted criminal, he was actually a threat to society. Because of the above reason, William’s action- being loyal to his brother and refusing to assist the police is immoral. Although the interest of our family members is often influencing our decision making, it should be put aside when it comes into conflict with social interest. There is a typical example in Chinese history which exhibits the above phenomenon. The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu

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