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ethics final paper - Carl Crittenden Professor Sannella...

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Carl Crittenden Professor Sannella Introduction to Ethics May 2, 2007 Introduction to Ethics The three articles I chose to write about are: 37 Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police, The ones who walk away from Omelas, and I have a Dream . I found each of these articles to be particularly relevant to my growth and development as a business person. 37 Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police This article describes a true story of how a woman was murdered in front of numerous onlookers who did nothing to save her. Essentially, a man followed the woman from a parking lot and stabbed her. The woman screamed for help, which brought people to their apartment windows to see what was going on. Unfortunately, their curiosity did not transform into bravery or even a hint of the Good Samaritan. Fearful that he would be caught, the assailant ran away once the woman screamed. But, no one came to the woman’s rescue. Seeing the lack of response, the killer returned two more times to the woman until finally she died. Each time, witnesses were observing the brutality but no one did anything. When someone did finally call the police, witnesses began to emerge from their apartments. They all had lame excuses as to why they did not call the police. However, none of the excuses was good enough to explain why people watched the slaughtering of a fellow human. 1
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Martin Gansberg did not just write this article as a news column for the New York Times so as to get his name on the byline; he wrote the article in an effort to educate the readers of the paper. He wanted the audience to understand that there was no reason for this murder to have occurred. While not necessarily shocked at the occurrence of the murder itself, Gansberg was appalled at the chain of events that led to the woman’s death: 1. No one called the police when the awareness of the crime became evident at the first call for help, and the woman would probably have lived had someone contacted the police at the first sign of violence (i.e., the first stabbing), 2. None of the witnesses had a legitimate excuse for not calling the police, it was not as thought the assailant was coming after them too, and 3. How could people go about their own business knowing that a woman was being attacked outside their door?
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