In the first answer to question #1 the writer makes the following statement about her relationship with God. “I can try to do things on my own but if it is not in his plan it will not happen” Winkelmann (1). This seems to indicate that the writer believes that only acts that follow God’s plan will have successful results. How does one know if an act that one is about to commit is in God’s plan? If God does have a plan for each of us, are we capable of committing an act that is not in God’s plan?
The second writer to answer question #1 describes the process he uses to make important decisions in his life. He declares that, “I usually try to go in the path of whichever solution has less consequences, and to try to do what is morally right” Tango (1). It is unclear whether the writer is saying that only acts with little or no consequences are moral or, if the act that produces the least number of bad consequences is the most moral. What makes the writer believe the consequences of an act determine its moral correctness?
In answer #1 to question # 2 the writer suggest that Psychologist Carol Gilligan believes “that women and men should learn to consider both views of ethics to get a better understanding so that women could recognize their own human rights and not be considered inferior to men…’ (2). While the equality of men and women may be an ethical goal, is the equality of men and women a goal of ethics? In response to question #2, writer #2 makes the following quote about ethics. “The task of ethics is to respond to respond to particular individuals with whom we have valuable and close relationships” (2).
An employer could be showing compassion and concern for his/her employees yet, the employer could be over charging his customers for inferior products or services. Does showing compassion, concern, love, or kindness in close relationships have anything to do with the moral correctness of the people in those relationships? The first answer to question #3 supposes that people have an innate sense of what is right and wrong. “Someplace, in our minds we know what is right or wrong” (3). This statement seems incorrect to this writer.
All children commit wrong actions. How will a child learn which actions are right and which actions are wrong, if he is not taught? The writer of the second answer to question #3 states “Conscience itself is usually described as ‘the inner sense of what is right or wrong in ones conduct or motives impelling one toward right action” (3). I agree with this writer that a conscience need not come from religion. If this consciousness of right and wrong does not come from religion, from where does it come?