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Does the End justify the Means?

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Introduction

Does the end justify the Means? Nearly every person in the world has goals. All of these people want to accomplish these goals. But some people believe that it is okay to do things that would be frowned upon in order to accomplish their goal. This type of situation makes people question if the methods used in order to accomplish a goal is worth the outcome. So, do the ends justify the means? No matter the situation, the actions taken in order to accomplish a goal are not excused. Certain actions such as cheating may provide the person with a higher score but it is also an action of deceit since it prevents the person from truly earning a grade which represents their knowledge. ...read more.

Middle

Can any lie be little? Even if the lie may not harm a person, they are still entitled to the truth. If someone asked a question they should at least receive the truth. But there are instances when it is better to lie. During World War II, many people helped hid the Jewish population in order to prevent them from being slaughtered. If the people that hid them had spoken the truth when the Nazi came looking for the Jews, then thousands more would have died. So, at what point does a lie become unacceptable? When someone lies they may not tell the truth in order to prevent a person from having their feelings hurt, or to even save a life. But there are other instances when a person lies just to prevent another person from knowing the truth. ...read more.

Conclusion

If someone is aiming to save the life of a child is it acceptable for them to kill multiple people just to save the one life? This makes people wonder about the innocence of children and if it is better to save the life of someone that will live much longer over the life of someone that has already experienced life. If a person is trying to stop a global issue is it acceptable for them to commit mass murder in order to accomplish this goal? This brings up the issue of global warming. Global warming can be reduced and even stopped if a large amount to the humans in the world were to die. So would it be okay for someone to kill billions of people in order to save the life of a planet and to provide a safe habitat for the future generations? ?? ?? ?? ?? 6/03/2011 TOK ...read more.

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