dicapino Posted February 26, 2014 Share Posted February 26, 2014 If a goal is worthy, then any means taken to attain it are justifiable Are all means taken to attain a worthy goal justified? While some persons would argue that when goals are achieved through illegal means it loses justification, others argue that for man to self- actualize; he has to accomplish his goals with any means at his disposal. I believe the author's assertion is false, and if adhered to, it would corrupt humanity and lead to different vices and social problems. Humans by nature are goal oriented; they strive to achieve set goals and in such accomplishment they find satisfaction. There are different ways to achieve goals, but are they all morally correct? For example, to get good grades students can take different methods to achieve it; they could study their lecture notes and attend classes; they could commit malpractices during their examinations; or they could bribe their lecturers. These three examples will bring the same result, the worthy goal of academic success, but are they all justified? It is clear that this assertion if followed to the letter will promote evil vices, as people would want to achieve goals at any price or cost. To clearly illustrate my position the example of a man who wants to get rich and then goes on to rob a bank. Is he justified? Or a more egregious example of two individuals working in a company and seeking for a single promotion slot. If one plans to get that slot by working hard and quickly completing company tasks, while the other employee is feckless and gets the slot by murdering his rival. He has simply followed the claim that any means possible is justified, which is illegal and such precedence should not be accepted. Although there are instances when the author's claim finds merit, for example, in cases of national interest where torturing an individual could be the only means of thwarting a bomb that will kill thousands on explosion. It can be argued that there are better ways to stop this explosion; the noble goal of stopping the bomb by torture, which is frown upon by international law, is accomplished, but still lacks a moral standing or correctness. In summary, not all means used to achieve a worthy goal are justified. Examples like getting rich and getting good grades by illegal means illustrate this assertion. Such a statement can lead many naïve individuals into committing crimes to meet their goals. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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