Ethical Issues in the Contemporary Society
Published 16 Mar 2017
In the contemporary times, moral and ethical upbringing of people is put into question for several reasons. The main concern is directed towards the issue of whether is it justifiable to sacrifice obedience to moral standards for the sake of pressing needs of the modern world. In this regards, ethical dilemmas are most likely faced by almost every individual in their everyday dealings.
The ethical issues in the contemporary society vary according to the different needs of mankind. In politics and world governance, it is deemed that in order to pursue and obtain such endeavor, it should be the case that power, authority and influence are established by the person who aspires to be in the sphere of politics. In governing or maintaining economy, those who seek for economic dominance must be of course those who have large access to money or in short financially well-off. When it comes to technological ascendency, a person who most likely becomes successful on it has the knowledge on as well as access to scientific and modernity aspects. All in all, in pursuing these sorts of contemporary needs of mankind, one should be able to have access on power, which is logical in nature.
For example in pursuing the political needs, specifically in world dominance, the United States is regarded as the sole superpower of the world (though some countries have started to climb the ladder in lieu of world governance like China, Japan, and United Kingdom). It is known to other nations the current policy of the U.S. against terrorism. The ethical problem her is that is to what extent should America employ this policy? Other countries perceive the attitude of such policy as something that would threaten the place of human rights not only in within America but also on other nations. The U.S. desire to maintain the power that she holds today somehow, or consequently, motivates her to topple down impending adversaries that may put her down in the future.
With regards to economic needs, many nations are now being dependent on financially well-off countries like the Unites States and Japan for economic support (like the OEDA or Overseas Economic Development Assistance). However, the controversy on the spread of democratization on countries who seek for economic support is now being debated whether such is morally right or not or if not how would it affect the moral traditions of these countries which are in need of economic support. Logically, when democratization has finally penetrated these culturally inclined nations, their traditions, at any rate, would be affected (especially those nations in the Asian regions.
Also for economic needs, the U. S. current healthcare system policy is being questioned. Is it morally right to pass the burden of providing quality healthcare service to private institutions by the public government? In the current policy, only 25% of the U.S. budget is allocated for healthcare services. The U.S. government has passed its obligation on providing updated and quality healthcare service to private institutions particularly on the business sector. But how about those people who are unemployed? How could they access on such kind of healthcare?
In technological needs, people need to be more familiar and knowledgeable on things that work by means of computer or the likes. In this manner, people also learned the significant advantages that computers and modern gadgets have brought to the society particularly in these contemporary and post-modern times. By just one click, one could already communicate with other people in different parts of the world. By just downloading, all information could be obtained. It seems like everything is possible with the advent of more advanced technologies. Yet, intellectual crimes are mounting due to this advancement in technology. Pornography is extensive and prevalent in various websites. Internet, nowadays, are even used for terrorism and other plots for hostile activities. Hence, one critic has claimed, as technology develops, moral uprightness declines.
To sum up and conclude, ethical issues are prevalent in the contemporary times. People need to undergo moral or ethical check-up to evaluate the level of their moral uprightness. Though it is a common issue that needs drive and motivate people to disregard some ethical and moral standards, it should not be maintained as such. Necessity is never an equivalence of morality. What could be practicable may not be moral or ethical. Yet the choice is still on the hands of the people. By following the virtue of moderation, need for power, authority, influence, and money could be regulated. By upholding the concept of justice everyone would know his or her function in the society and would not be mislead to act unjustly. The world has been evolving. Yet, let us not allow our morals be left out by such change in whatever aspects it may serve.
- Howie, J. & Schedler, G. (2005). Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society (Third ed.). Southern Illinois University Press.
- Johnson, J.T. (2001). Morality and Contemporary Warfare. Yale University Press.