Moral And Ethical Dilemmas Essay

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Moral and Ethical Dilemmas

One of the most difficult trials I face in my life are ethical and moral dilemmas. They can be soul-wrenching and searching experiences that tax my character and cause me to really "put my money where my mouth is." Sometimes
I'm quick to see ethical faults in others, but slow to see them in myself.
Other times I see all to clearly my mistakes and wonder why I don't measure up.
I believe one purpose for this life is to learn to act for ourselves. Learn to see a situation correctly and act righteously. In this paper I wish to discuss many of the thoughts I have had recently on setting a pattern for making ethical decisions throughout my life. I will present many of the traps I have fallen
into
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That is why I will discuss my formula in a gospel light, because any other way is a waist of time.

I believe that in order to make correct and righteous decisions you must first have proper perspective and motivation. The Apostle (???), said that "the true character of a man can really be seen when he is alone and no one will know." Many people, myself included, are motivated by responsibility or leadership. They ask, "what will my wife, or kids think?" or "what will my ward think?". These are good motivations and the mantle of responsibility can mold a person, but they can also betray us and make decisions quite difficult. If you rely on pressure to make decisions, what will you do when a decision is unpopular, or when no one is looking?

Still others weigh consequences or outcomes to aid in decision making.
Rather than look at the question and judge it by it's own merits, they want to see who's affected or what it would really cost. It's like putting a price on your character. If it's small or doesn't hurt anybody, than it won't be a big deal. We can "nickel and dime" our moral piggy bank to death. It's the old,
"the ends justify the means." Criminals aren't made in a day.

Some of the most unethical and unjustifiable behavior I know of has come out of our own political system. The very men who are responsible for making our laws have little or no regard for them. They live under the philosophy that
"I'm an ethical

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