An exercise in moral reasoning

A. Preliminary Questions

1) From the Gallup poll, I would say that gambling is morally wrong. In my opinion, the act of gambling is similar to committing suicide, in the sense that, one is putting his or her life at high risk or danger. My basis of this claim is based on Complication #1: Shades of Gray, wherein the action of one is wrong if it violates a certain norm. From here, I feel that despite the fact that gambling may something we do for pleasure, it is sometimes overly abused by betting too much money on a certain game, in which you may lose all of your money. In terms of morality, it is different from people to people; however, gambling, for me, is morally wrong, in the sense that we are betting something we worked hard for to be used in pleasure.

2) In some situations, actions are not always considered to be sinful or bad; it will always depend on the situation of whether or not one is aware of the situation being sinful or bad. In a certain situation, one should consider taking the road of caution, so that one may be able to think over and reflect on the given situation. One should also apply moral principles when faced with moral situation. Through the use of moral principles, one is able to reflect on pass experiences of a similar moral situation one had, as a guide to help in deciding the right, moral decision.

3) I would say that I am a moral rationalist because I would not always consider a situation immediately morally right or wrong. I would always consider the use of moral principles, the road of caution, and my past experiences in helping decide whether something is morally right or wrong.

B. “What if…?”

In deciding whether the action or behavior is morally right or wrong, you should look first at the situation at hand. From there, take the road of caution, so that you feel that you are still in a “safe spot” before going on to morally decide the situation.

Then, evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of the situation. It is a possibility for one to be tempted in saying that ‘this is morally right’ or ‘this is morally wrong’ due to either pleasure or pain. This shows that you are suspicious of the outcome of the situation, and therefore feel the need to consult once again.

Finally after evaluating the pros and cons of the situations, try to reason yourself out on whether to choose the morally right or wrong. It also possible for you to go back and think whether you have a similar experience with facing this kind of situation. That way, it can also help in your decision of what is morally right or wrong.

The use of caution, suspicion, and reason are important in deciding whether your decision in a situation is morally right or wrong. At the end of it all, your decision is what will change the situation. By considering these implications, it is possible for one to morally decide right and avoiding choosing the wrong decision.

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