Some Moral Minama Analysis

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Mortality and Relativism Being raised in a religious home I have always believed things should be morally wrong across the board. But I have always looked at these issues from a personal point of view. I do believe that there should be certain universal moral requirements. When I started this assignment I was thinking about murder, polygamy, sex with under aged children, and rape. After reading "Some Moral Minama," by Lenn Goodman I realized there was more to these issues than I originally thought and it was more than just a religious viewpoint. In this paper I will discuss my agreement on the following subjects outlined in Goodman's essay: (1) genocide, politically induced famine, and germ warfare; (2) terrorism, hostage taking, and child warriors; (3) slavery, polygamy, and incest; and (4) rape and female genital cutting. Murder, famine, and germ warfare all fall under genocide. Out of all the types of murder genocide seems to be on top of the list. Genocide is mass murder that…show more content…
When I thought of polygamy I thought of grown men marring many women, which some of them at very young ages. I have been raised to believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. I could never wrap my head around this cultural practice. I now realize the women are the ones who suffer the most. The practice of polygamy distorts the meaning of marriage. Goodman says that "defenders argue that polygamous marriages are freely entered, freely left, well protected by law or custom" (pg 90). I believe this type of marriage is wrong for the women involved and it breaks down the institution of marriage. The women are denied the intended bond they are to have with a husband. Not being able to have this bond disables her trust and intimacy with her husband, these are meant to strengthen a relationship and marriage. Polygamy puts the woman as the lesser being and often viewed a property (just as a slave would
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