lives were saved, they were able to live the rest of their lives, experienced all the happiness because of him. One life was sacrificed, and in return, many can live in happiness. His action had maximized the net happiness, including the long-term outcomes, he had done the most he could have done to save as many lives as possible. The Challenger Disaster The Space Shutter Challenger disaster is without any doubt the worst disaster in American space history. Seven astronauts died in the explosion after the shutter took off. The accident happened because of the O-ring seals used in the join that were not designed the unusually cold weather that existed during the launch in Florida. This accident is also an example of alleged retribution against whistleblowers by their employer, Morton Thiokol, Inc., the maker of the shutter’s booster rockets. These employers had raised their concern about the problem of the O-rings, especially Roger Boisjoly. A year before the launch, Boisjoly had researched the impact of low temperature on critical seals and joints in the booster rockets. On the night before this shutter took off, many employers including Boisjoly had opposed the launch, but NASA officials objected. Boisjoly and another colleague Allan McDonald were punished when giving testimony against NASA’s decision. However, they were given their jobs back. Based on Utilitarianism’s goal of maximizing net happiness, I believed Boisjoly and other employers had failed to accomplish this goal. We were not in their positions to judge how they could do more than what they had done to stop this shutter from launching. According to the article, Boisjoly had found the problem a year before the launch. He had much time to announce his findings. We could see that he and his coworker were ignored and was isolated from NASA. I am sure he had suffered a lot when he raised his concern. Moreover, we do not know from the
article what else he had done, such as escalating this issue to higher managerial personnel or they even ignored his proposal. In short, from what the article provided, I believe Boisjoly had done what he could to maximize net happiness by stopping the launch, but he failed to do so. However, his action based on Utilitarianism theory is wrong because the result did not bring out the most amount of happiness even though Boijosly had done the best he could. House Allowance Wilson Mutambara was born and raised in the slums outside Stanley – the capital of Rambia. With his talent and hard work, he had earned a scholarship to study in the United States. After graduation, he worked for NewCom for three years, and he could move back to Rambia. NewCom provided a housing allowance of $2000 monthly so that the employee would live in a safe neighborhood and maintain the company’s image. However, between his obligation to support his family and his responsibility to follow the company’s policy, Mutambara had falsified the expense reports so he could use the allowance to help his family and relatives. He went back to live with his family in the slums. When being questioned, Mutambara thought that
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