Ethical actions are not always as cut and dry as one would think. There are circumstances where we are responsible for our actions and then there are times when we cannot control the circumstances and cannot be held responsible. If you do something because you are forced to do it by threat, or you are not mentally capable to form the right choice about the action, then the choice of ethics does not matter. We are held responsible only for actions that we have a choice in.
If an accused person claims to have been insane at the time of the crime and if a jury finds that the person was insane at the time of the crime, the person is felt to have been incapable of making a free choice and is then not responsible for the action in question. Am I free and responsible for my actions? I believe that I have not been in any circumstances where I have made an ethical decision that I was not free to make. I try to live by the rule that I will not do something that I believe to be wrong. I try to make decisions that will not hurt me or other people.
I am sure that sometime in my life I will be put in a situation where I may not be able to make a free choice. I hope at that time that the good will overturn the bad. There are times when the world that we live in today sometimes puts us in situations that we have no control over. An example of this would be if you are threaten if you don’t.
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