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    Posted by Donald Ballard on March 2, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Read the Digging Deeper article, “The different standards for determining what is right and what is wrong,” in Lesson 6. Among the list of reasons why ethical standards vary, choose the two (2) that resonated the most for you. Why did these stand out? Are they personal or observed in an aspect of your life; family, friends, culture, etc.? Lastly, answer the final question of the article with elaboration.

    Vanessa Masson replied 2 years, 11 months ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Joanna Sanchez-Pacheco

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    March 2, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    The two reasons that resonated with me the most were e. “If I feel good after it, it is moral; if I feel bad after it, it is immoral.” And h. They search the stars for astrological signs or believe in horoscopes or karma to determine right and wrong. These two really stood out to me because the former is how I believe the majority of society measures right and wrong. Many people are taught that just because something temporarily feels good means it is good, however, that is incorrect because many things may satisfy the human flesh but actually hurt the soul. And I took note of the latter because I have observed that my sister relies heavily on horoscopes and astrology and stuff, and though she is a very devout Christian I do believe that she may place too much weight on the stars. Some other reasons could be these “if it helps me, it must be good for me to do”, also “if it helps the majority of people, it must be right”. Both are half truths because the only true source of right and wrong is God and even if we might disagree with Him, in the long run He is only telling us to do what’s best for us.

  • Emily Voce

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    March 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    The two reasons that resonated most with me were the first two: they want to justify what they do and not be criticized or condemned for it, and they reject all forms of authority and do not want anyone telling them what to do. These stood out to me because I feel like I see them a lot. I think a lot of people will make excuses for things that are wrong because they would also do them and don’t want to be judged if they do the immoral thing. I see this a lot in my family with my brother. He’s not a very good person and acts out a lot. Whenever he gets caught doing something wrong, he always deflects the blame onto someone or something else. His favorite excuse is that “he’s just being a teenager and should be allowed to have fun.” My brother lost his car because he was careless with it. He got into three car accidents in one month and then failed to tell my parents until they got a call from the insurance company and saw the damage. Rather than own up to his cations and accept the consequences, he tried to compare it to my dad’s situation to make it seem better in comparison. My father got in a bad car wreck when he was younger, but it was only one and my father worked for his first car and eventually bought his second car while my brother was gifted his car by my grandpa and he got in three car accidents. There have been other incidents like that one where my brother will attempt to turn his actions around and blame someone else or say they did something worse than him. I think it’s important to own up to your actions and accept the consequences. I think that if you are truly explaining your side of the story, that is okay but you have to do it with respect to the authority figure and you have to accept your role in the situation without minimizing the seriousness of whatever you did. The other reason that stood out to me was that someone will reject all forms of authority and do not want anyone telling them what to do. I think that this happens a lot and I think it’s just plain dumb. I think that sometimes younger people want to think they’re cool so they break rules and call themselves rebellious when in reality they’re just disrespectful and careless. Careless of their safety, the safety of others, or careless of the feelings of others. I think that not liking authority is an easy excuse for being a bad person. The fact is you don’t have to like whoever is in charge of you, but you do need to recognize who has authority over you and follow their instructions. You have to follow order and not try to create chaos. I also see this one a lot at home. My brother likes to say that he acts out because of my dad’s “strict southern heritage.” That’s a joke. My father is more relaxed than a lot of my friends parents. My dad’s expectations of his children are very clear and easy to follow: be respectful (especially to authority figures), work hard (don’t be lazy), own up to your actions (don’t make excuses), and don’t be dumb (use your brain before you do something just plain stupid). My brother uses his dislike of authority figures to excuse his actions rather than owning up to them and accepting the consequences. Personally, I don’t love the way my dad handles situations when we’re in trouble, but I follow along and do what he wants of me because I’m not in charge. I did something wrong and part of the consequences are dealing with my dad’s lectures and punishments. Out of all the reasons listed for having different standards of right and wrong, the first two stood out to me because I’ve seen them used a lot and I really hate them. Another reason someone may do something wrong is because they didn’t realize it was wrong or they were peer-pressured into it.

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  • Hunter Powell

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    March 2, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    The 2 reasons that resonated with me e. “If I feel good after it, it is moral; if I feel bad after it it is immoral.” And h. They search the stars for astrological signs or believe in horoscopes or karma to determine right and wrong. These 2 stood out to me because the first one is what I believe people think when they are determining whether they did right or wrong. And some people base there decisions off of horoscopes or the stars which I don’t agree that it determines right or wrong and the only person who can tell us if we have done right or wrong would be God.

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  • Vanessa Masson

    Member
    March 2, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    The two reasons that resonated with me was the first one “they want to justify what they do and not be criticized or condemned for it” and “if I feel good after it, it is moral; if I feel bad after it it is immoral” these ones stood out to me because it is basically human sin/nature we don’t want to be watched and judged for everything we do and we want to believe that what makes us feel good is moral because it is different on the other side where we have to do the harder thing because it’s right or we have to make a choice we don’t really want to make. So we tell ourselves it’s the right thing to do.

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