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Ethics Commentary. There is a great example for changing principles for different situations; it is named the Trolley Problem

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´╗┐Pedro Mota Carmo TOK Commentary ?These are my principles and if you don?t like them ? I have others? Groucho Marx, 1890-1977 What Marx was trying to portray with this is that people might say they have the same principles in some situations, but in others they might change them. In theory changing your principles for different situations is the same thing as not having any principles to begin with because you are always changing them. There is a great example for changing principles for different situations; it is named the Trolley Problem. ...read more.

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In the second situation you also have the runaway trolley and the four people in front of it, however this time you have a bridge over the track and a fat guy which you can push over. You know that if you push him he will stop the train and save the other four people. There is just one problem he is telling you he doesn?t want to do it. In this situation the majority of people would say that they would let the trolley go and kill the four people. ...read more.

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As one can see, it is easy to change principles dependent on the situation. So is Groucho Marx?s quote really a critique to people who say they have principles? Because it is true, everyone has their different way of dealing with different situations and everyone supposedly have principles, however they are constant changing principles. For instances in the Trolley Problem it is hard to find someone that would switch the tracks and simultaneously push the fat guy in front of the train in both different situations. People?s principles adapt to everyday changing situations, of course this is a generalization, some people may literally follow whatever principles the have in every situation that occurs in their life. ...read more.

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