Autonomy - Autonomy is the ability for individuals to make decisions without being pushed to do something they do not want to do It means that

Autonomy - Autonomy is the ability for individuals to...

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Unformatted text preview: Autonomy is the ability for individuals to make decisions without being pushed to do something they do not want to do. It means that people do things because they want to, not because someone is forcing them too; they have the options to take actions and make decision for themselves. Autonomous are people who respect other people’s actions and decisions, they also tend to make their own actions or decisions. They realize that their behavior is the product of their choices and those choices are the product of the best actions they take. They have goals that they have decided themselves. They can weigh out one goal from another and determine the best way to achieve those goals. To recognize someone as autonomous is to recognize that the actions and reasons they take is because they are trying to achieve their goal and for this reason we must respect their actions. An example of a human being who is not autonomous is someone who disrespects another person's goals. For example, if I was in the parking lot outside of Walmart and saw a woman taking her groceries to her car and I ran up and steal her food she just bought, I am not being autonomous. I am using her property like if it was mine. I let her go in the grocery store, pick the food, and pay for it. I used her hard work for my own benefit. I fail to recognize that she has her own goal, which could have been to bring food to her children. Other example that I learned from reading the book is forcing someone to be a subject in a medical experiment. Being forced to take part of an experience is failing to respect the person’s autonomy. Treating someone as a means violates their autonomy because they are not given the choice to make their own choices. They are not having respect shown to them. Lying to someone is a violation of someone's autonomy. If I lied to my friend it is because I want her to act the way I want, not the way she would if she knew the truth. By lying to her I am not showing her respect and I am choosing her to act a certain way without her having options and making her own decision. I am also simply lying for my own convenience. I learned of an example of where the greater good is achieved by violating someone’s autonomy. Imagine there were ten families on one side of a train track and one single family on the opposite side. Now picture a train coming with full speed down a track and is unable to stop. You have the option to change the train's direction either towards the one family or towards the ten different families. One may say that saving ten families is better than saving one, it brings the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people. However, changing the trains directions towards that one family robs them from having the right to choose if they want to die or live. You have violated their autonomy by not giving them respect and the opportunity to choose a certain choice but you are achieving the greater good. ...
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