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Does the possession of knowledge carry ethical responsibility?

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´╗┐Does the possession of knowledge carry ethical responsibility? Is there an ethical responsibility to report instances such as murders, or is the burden not on their shoulders because they did not actually commit the crime? The individuals may or may not be responsible for acting on the knowledge, which they possess. Ethical responsibility involves the decision one must make based off of moral values, personal instincts and senses. Any individual, with the possession of knowledge, who is faced with a situation where a decision must be made is forced to weigh the possible consequences and outcomes of their actions and choices. ...read more.

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ethically responsible and reveal the information, potentially putting yourself in a dangerous position, or, keeping the information to yourself, meaning you will not help the victim. There is conflict present in both of these circumstances, which allows one to ask, is it worth it to put yourself in a position, which could change your entire life? Unfortunately, many have adapted to an unequal and unfair society because those who posses knowledge choose to be ethically irresponsible and make a wrong judgment, often because it will benefit themselves. For instance, my cousin recently got in a car accident, and was aware that it was his fault. ...read more.

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To conclude, there is definitely a decision to be made in every situation but the focus should be more on do they have an ethical responsibility to report instances such as murders, or is the burden not on their shoulders because they did not actually commit the crime? The individuals may or may not be responsible for acting on the knowledge, which they possess. Obviously if you can help someone out you should be reporting what you witness, but with the car, it negatively affects you to make the ethical choice. In addition, emotion as a way of knowing can directly affect the decision one will make based off of their ethical responsibility. Every individual possesses emotion, and emotion is impacted by feelings, which will directly influence a choice of decision. ...read more.

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