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Chen 8 Hao Chen Professor Rabe Eng 201 2/13/11 Personal Preference versus the Wills of Others Have you ever encountered moral dilemmas in your lives? Did you ever do something that you felt it is wrong, but you still did it? Whenever we encounter these hard decisions we are faced with moral conflict . Often in time, these decisions that we make that appeared morally right to us might only be justified by our own personal preferences and not a objective view of the situation , In other words, we made decisions that are beneficial to us. There arose a critical problem; when we are facing moral conflict problems, should we consider other people’s point of views? I believe that we should make decisions not only based on personal moral preference, but also take other people’s wills into account; this will greatly reduce the chance of conflict in our daily lives. (WHY IS THIS THE RIGHT THING TO DO? or IS IT FOR REDUCING CONFLICT? There is no absolute right or wrong on everything. In the essay “Is Hunting Ethical?” Ann S. Causey illustrated a two-sided view on the hunting issue, on which Causey explained the problem peacefully to both hunters and antihunters. As suggested by Causey, “The hunter says yes; the antihunter says no, yet they are answering entirely different questions” (142). People who supported hunting and those who did not both have their own views on the issue. Each side expressed their own personal preferences on the issue. The hunters would say that hunting could control the overpopulation of one species, fund the economy, and bring joy to the hunters (142). As shown above, the hunters answered the moral dilemma with the view based on their own benefit. On the other side, antihunters argued that human have the responsibility and value on protecting the animals, which is against God’s will
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Chen 8 (142). The antihunters argued on this controversial topic, because of their wn feeling about animal lives. Both sides have their reasons to believe in their own point of views, and we could hardly justify if they are right or wrong. In fact, there is nothing wrong with the views on hunters and antihunters. If we encounter an issue that is hard to decide, then we should believe in ourselves, and do what we got to do. We could not tell if the tasks that we have done was right or wrong, but if we like to do that job, then we shall believe that it is right. However, other people might have different views on the same issue. Instead of debating or criticizing other people’s points, we should stand on other people’s viewpoints, and think for a moment of if what they believe is reasonable. Therefore, we needed to consider other people’s opinions, along with our respects. As Causey discussed, “To be ethical, we must do two things: we must act ethically, and we must think ethically” (147). In this line, Causey used repetition to emphasize the importance of the word “ethic.” Causey said ethical hunter would respect the opinions of
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