Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"So Much Unfairness of Things" by C.D.B. Bryan

Can ethics be taught?

Please respond to this question based upon your reading of "So Much Unfairness of Things" and your personal thoughts.

7 comments:

  1. Ethics is something that can be learned not through textbooks or diagrams but something you learn in society. Parents teach you right from wrong through examples. You experience different situations that help you learn proper or good ethics. For example, if you see somebody get robbed, you see how it feels and how unfair it is to them. This teaches you right from wrong.

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  2. No ethics cannot be taught. Ethics is something you learn as you live your life and experience right from wrong. You may be able to learn right from wrong from your parents or siblings but you still have to apply it. You have to learn your own ethics.

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  3. Ethics Response
    I believe that ethics can be taught in many different aspects of life. Parents, teachers, your authority, tv, and society are some of the aspects of life that teach ethics. Ethics is the motivation based on ideas from right and wrong, it's your set of rules; only you can determine how you will handle a situation, but you will only learn how to make the right decision based on what you were taught. It's never too late to learn the difference between right and wrong, you can even know how to handle a situation but not apply yourself with your knowledge. In the short story "So Much Unfairness of Things" by C. D. B Bryan, P.S. cheats on a test and finds himself not knowing what to do. He doesn't know if he should turn himself in or keep it a secret. This shows a great example of ethics because P.S. follows his moral value and be honest when the school confronts him. If P.S. didn't have good ethics he would have kept it a secret.

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  4. No, I agree with Cameron that ethics cannot be taught. Because we learn by doing, we learn through making mistakes and hopefully correcting them.

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  5. I believe that ethics can be taught. This is because a person's ethics is reflected off of the influence that the societly leaves on them. It may come from teachers, parents, and many other authorities. Ethics are a person's own set of moral codes, although some of these are found from within, it would not have possible without the influence of ppl by whom they are surrounded. In the short story "So Much Unfairness of Things" by C.D.B. Bryan, P.S. Willington is finds himself in a sticky situation when he decides to cheat on his Latin examination and gets caught. Although he could have denied this, he decided to tell the truth because he felt so sick with guilt. P.S. has good ethics because had he not, he wouldn't have felt any guilt.

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  7. I think ethics can be taught and obtained throughout a lifetime. Ethics can be taught from parents, siblings, and role models but can also be obtained through life lessons. Ethics mostly have to do with your perspective of life and your perspective of life is usually acquired from many different things such as birthplace, the personality of your parents, your economic status, etc. You would have different ethics if you were born into upperclass than lowerclass, and you would have different ethics if you had strict parents rather than easy-going parents.

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