Can Children Under 10 Commit Morally Virtuous Rights

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This paper reflects on the question of if a child of 10 years or less can act morally wrong or commit morally virtuous acts. Children in today's society are nearly forced to be older than their actual age and thus must increase in maturity and morally comparatively to children of as little as three decades ago. The argument of agreement will be proved by examples of needing a two person income family with a comparative of a child in a single parent versus both parent environment. Although it is a "grievous moral wrong to harm" (Waller, 2008, p. 32) children under the age of ten, the evil in society today will be proved with examples to show children who are harmed are able to commit not only morally virtuous acts but can and will commit morally wrong decisions.

Can Children Under 10 Commit Morally Virtuous Rights

or Moral Wrongs When it is Morally Wrong to Commit Grievances Towards Them?

Children in today's society are nearly forced to be older than their actual age and thus must increase in maturity and morally comparatively to children of as little as three decades ago. Although children have to "be older" today when you take a look back to the time of World War One and World War Two, the children in the household had to also be older and lose sight of being a child. Predominately when a child has to "be older" in the since of doing adult chores it can be traced back to a time of war or crisis in society. The argument of agreement will be proved by examples of needing a two person income family with a comparative of a child in a single parent versus both parent environment. Although it is a "grievous moral wrong to harm" (Waller, 2008, p. 32) children under the age of ten, the evil in society today will be proved with examples to show children who are harmed are able to commit not only morally virtuous acts but can and will commit morally wrong decisions.

The true thoughts and process of children committing rights and wrongs comes from their upbringing. Many theorists will argue that children are born knowing right and wrong but is it not really that children learn rights and wrongs from their parents. One theorist, John Rawls, came up with the theory of the Veil of Ignorance. This theory encompasses the thought that no one knows anything about anyone thus leading to the lack of prejudices. Behind this “veil” a person has no gender and no race (Waller, 2008). Rawls also describes this veil as a place where people do not anything about who they are or who they will be (Waller, 2008). His theory places people behind this imaginary curtain and only allows them to have basic human instincts which include the “desire to live and prosper” (Waller, 2008, p. 73). Rawls then asks the question in this situation, “what rules would you adopt?” (Waller, 2008, p. 73). Using Rawls theory that people live in a world of ignorance then it would still reflect that children raised by their parents or even those who are not live in an ignorant free world based on basics of gender and race. The idea of ignorance deflects any principles of right and wrong simply because there would be no reason for virtuous acts or moral wrongs because the environment would be prejudice free and thus in theory at peace.

The parent or parents are the base foundation for a child who commits moral rights and wrongs. "According to what we call the Principle of Procreative Beneficence (PB), couples who decide to have a child have a significant moral reason to select the child who, given his or her genetic endowment, can be expected to enjoy the most well-being. The findings suggest that people more readily apply their moral principles to distant rather than proximal behaviors" (Eyal, Liberman, & Trope. 2008). When a couple decides to have a child or a mother decides not to abort her child because she will be a single parent, starts a ripple in the lake of life. Many environments lead to the upbringing of a child whether it is...
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