The begging Journey Log I

IS evil truly evil if it's for good?

8 HABITS OF MIND THEME: OPENNESS. The following excerpts will challenge your way of thinking on the pre-dispotion you have held on subject matters that can no longer be seen as white and black.

Is Evil truly Evil if it's used for good? This is the question I ask myself while I watch my current favorite television series Dexter. Dexter Morgan is a blood pattern specialist working for the Miami Metro Police Department in Homicides. Here Dexter analyzes brutal murders and paints a story for the detectives by the way the blood is positioned. Dexter is an expert on this subject since he has seen the way blood sprays plenty of times, being a murderous psychopath and all. However Dexter isn't all bad as he only kills criminals, particularly those who murder the innocent. But whatever reason Dexter has for killing these people does that make it right that Dexter plays God? Lets look at the pros and cons of what he is doing. Pros: He is cleaning "scum" off the streets and potentially making the world a better place. He also is "safely" feeding his addiction buy killing those with criminal pasts versus hurting the innocent. In fact in one episode when his graveyard of bodies is discovered and the police realized the victims were all criminal offenders, some lay people considered him a vigilante and a hero even. Cons: Taking someones life is something you can never give back. In many religions it is a mortal sin that makes you destined for hell and not to mention extremely illegal. Dexter is also doing this in part to help satisfy his dark desires but he is doing so by following a code that he believes makes it ok. In a survey done by debate.org, 61% believed criminals who committed a murder should be killed for there crimes. Kind of astounding if you consider this statistic to be accurate. Even the president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duerte has released a statement allowing the killing of criminals by regular citizens even stating that he would give these individuals who took action on there own a medal. What this boils down to is, is murder acceptable if there is a noble cause behind? Do you believe if a crime is severe enough someone deserves to die for it? Is there ever a reason valiant enough to take decisions into your own hands when the legal system fails the people of the justice someone deserves? Dexter thinks there is, and maybe he's not wrong.

2 Sources: http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-criminals-be-killed-for-there-crimes, http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/asia/duterte-drug-dealers-lethal-force-vigilantism/

Should people have the right to die when they please?

To be or not to be, that is the question. Should a sick, suffering individual be able to choose the end of their own life when they are ready to go? On this topic I will speak from personal experience. My grandfather was a smoker for many years. His habit began in the army and continued as raised a family on a farm in rural Louisiana. When he diagnosed with lung cancer it really wasn't that much of a shock to all of us but of course was sad none the less. After the diagnosis, I thought his death would be the worst thing I would have to experience but I was wrong. Watching him suffer for months in a hospital bed was by far worse. This being said, what if in my Grandfathers final days, he would have rather let go earlier and saved a lot of pain and heartache? This phenomenon where a terminally ill person chooses when to die on there own is called assisted suicide. I personally know that if I was terminally ill, I would rather go and let my family move on than watch them in pain as they gazed on me in pain. Now currently the law on this rule is different in each state. This law itself is called the "Death with Dignity" law and is only legal in 5 states, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, New Mexico, and Montana. Personally on this situation I feel that this should a right of every citizen to half the option to die early when death is imminent and you are suffering. It almost seems inhumane to me forcibly make someone sustain life when they are going through such agony as are the loved ones who care about the dying patient. However, Markulla Center for Applied Ethics argues another point. That by a patient choosing to die they are possibly "pressuring" doctors and nurses to administer these fatal doses or "kill" there patients which may go against there beliefs which forcing someone to do such a thing is an infringement on there rights. This is a solid argument but the counter argument persists that it would be a job that would require such services if necessary. This moral dilemma can cause many conflicts for the patient and the doctor, but which one is right?

2 Sources: http://time.com/3551560/brittany-maynard-right-to-die-laws/, https://www.scu.edu/ethics/focus-areas/bioethics/resources/assisted-suicide-a-right-or-a-wrong/

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