In this three part post I will discuss three forms of ethics and what they mean.
Basically meta ethics deals with what is “right” and “wrong” on a fundamental level. I think there are no set rules on what is right and wrong,although most people would have similar views on things like murder we all have differences in what we believe to be good and evil. Why do people have different views? Everyone is different and so has different opinions, this is reflected in their perception of ethics. Meta ethics handles questions like “What should one do?”, the answer to which depends on the situation and person involved, if the question is “Should I kill someone?” it depends entirely on the situation; like is you’re in a war or in self defence. Ethics also depend on the environment in which people grow up, if you asked an ancient Greek what his views on good and evil were he’d probably have some extremely different beliefs to you. There are no universal standards for ethics, no set rules.
The question today is; should abortion be legal?
I think abortion should be legal, why shouldn’t women be allowed to choose? The fetus isn’t even conscious while at the early stage of development when they are aborted. It is quite unbelievable that some people would deny a rape victim treatment, and others even threaten to burn down clinics.
Why do people do this? This unwillingness to accept it comes from multiple sources, primarly it stems from people wanting to preserve life; unborn or not. This position is perfectly understandable but the fetus getting aborted isn’t even sentient yet. Another cause of oppression is some religious practices, although not all religious people oppose abortion a large proportion do; saying that the bible forbids it.
If there’s anyone reading this, thank you.
Euthanasia is the act of taking a life to end suffering but should it be legal?
If you are suffering be it from immense pain or a physical disability I think it is perfectly just to want to end your life when suicide isn’t an option.
People should have control over their own lives, if they want to end it then that is their choice. However, there would have to be a point when you can’t participate in assisted suicide, like if you are depressed after someone in your family died or your partner left you; these shouldn’t be reasons to commit assisted suicide. Being severely handicapped with no obvious signs of improvement or if you are in unbearable pain would be acceptable conditions to commit legal euthanasia.
Here in the U.K people are campaigning to get the death penalty reinstated, but should it be? Those for the death penalty argue that if someone takes a life the government has the right to take theirs, this is know as lex talionis or “the law of retaliation”. However, I think killing a murderer lowers society to the level of the killer, when is taking a life right? I also think that life imprisonment is a harsher punishment than death because , even if the person is freed, it quite literally takes their lives away; they can’t even get jobs. Convicted murderers have even been known to kill themselves rather than face life in prison.
As you may know there has been some controversy in the U.K concerning same-sex marriage, the government is planning on making it legal; but the decision has attracted some criticism, mainly from the Catholic church (surprise!). Quite frankly these condemnations are bloody ludicrous, founded on outdated research; and when I say outdated I mean by around two thousand years. While not all Catholics hold these opinions the minority who do are extremely vocal.