Case Study: The Five Significant Ethical Decisions

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Five Significant Ethical Decisions: Tony is the CEO of his father’s weapons manufacturing company, Stark Industries, and when questioned about his role in the violence around the world in which his weapons are involved, he simply states that he is continuing his father’s legacy and lists some of the other technology that was developed as a result. The first decision that he made was creating these weapons without checking up on whose hands they were ending up in. There was surely evidence available if he had cared enough to look which
Obadiah was concealing from him, but the significance is that it’s possible for any weapons manufacturer’s weapons to end up in the wrong hands, so it should have been something he was actively looking out
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The third decision that he made was to keep the Iron Man weapon for himself, this is significance because the public as well as the military are clearly alerted to its mysterious presence, and if they had legitimate knowledge of its existence, they would either feel threatened by it or welcome it, but for now he has kept that decision from society’s grasp. The fourth decision that Tony made was to sacrifice his lab to stop Obadiah from possible destruction with his version of the Iron Man weapon. The significance of this is that he is choosing to risk his life as well as his assistant Pepper’s and Obadiah’s life to prevent the probable destruction on a worldwide scale to be brought by Obadiah’s Iron Man rendition and his control of the company if Tony were unable to stop him. The fifth decision was the one to tell the world that he is the Iron Man. The significance of this decision is that he is no longer trying to cover up the existence of the Iron Man weapon and is thereby opening its existence up to all the opinions of society and the consequences that may follow.
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The World.
Telling the world that he is, in fact, the Iron Man, was undoubtedly a difficult decision for Tony Stark. By keeping it a secret, he would be able to keep it safe from more corruption like Obadiah’s, but it can also be said that Tony had a duty to the people to tell them. Regarding his duties to the people, Tony made the right ethical decision in telling them because the people deserve to know about the Iron Man since as much as he can use it to keep the people safe, it also poses a potential danger to them. There is also the matter of all this power being in the hands of one man; Tony is a “good” man, but by possessing all this power on his own without the knowledge of the public is essentially subjecting the world at large to his morals, just hoping that they are good enough because without their knowledge they could be in danger on the whim of one man and how he’s feeling that day.
Keeping the weapon a secret decreases the risk of its corruption by others but poses

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