Humanity's Moral Dilemma Essay

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Humanity’s Moral Dilemma Do the ends justify the means? This question has been a source of controversy for hundreds of years due to its moral nature. Some believe that no matter how bad the initial action or actions, they are considered justified if they have a good outcome, while others think that even though an outcome may be good, if unethical actions are taken to get there, they are not vindicated. The people who believe in this second view are in the right, having the most rational and virtuous opinion. They realize that immoral actions have no justifications and that you can even create more problems than were initially present by committing them, something which can be supported with numerous historical and hypothetical examples. From this, the resulting answer lies in the fact that no matter how good the end may be, it never justifies the means taken to get there. Even though those who believe the ends justify the means might have good intentions, they overlook key moral principles for the purpose of accomplishing their goals. This unethical viewpoint can be traced back hundreds of years to the Greek writer Sophocles who wrote in his tragedy, Electra, “the end excuses any evil” and it is still greatly present in society today. People who believe this on an extreme end tend to be dictators, terrorists and criminals who think that anything is tolerable as long as it leads to an acceptable result, shown through killing innocent people or trafficking their way to riches. They tell themselves that their actions are ultimately necessary for the sake of their political, cultural or individual goals deemed as “good” in their eyes, something which can clearly be seen as morally inexcusable. Those who believe this in a lesser sense are still in the wrong because their actions are sinful in the eyes of God and the law. If they cheat on a test for a better future,

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