Ethics Midterm

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David Wilensky

A massive earthquake just hit California! It turns out to be a 9.3 on the Richter Scale! San Francisco and other large cities as well as their surrounding areas have been destroyed, as well as businesses and homes. There have been over 100,000 reported deaths and nearly half a million civilians have been injured. The director of FEMA has been called on by the Mayor of San Francisco along with the joint hospital response team and the First Baptist church. They will do their best to rebuild the destroyed cities and remove the dead bodies as well as helping the injured citizens.

The Mayor of San Francisco has the responsibility for coordinating all disaster clean up and relief to the city by calling on organizations such as FEMA and giving hope to the population. He has many moral and ethical challenges in order to do his job. One is Kant’s moral theory, which is the moral equality of all individuals. In making his decisions he not only has to think what to do for himself, but also for the safety of the millions that reside in California. The Mayor also faces contractarianism. Humans, in times of disasters, seek self- interested motives for the safety of themselves. As a mayor, being the Marshall of relief teams, has the nature n himself to make the rational decision to help as many people as he can, as any other human would agree to. Along with his other duties, he will have to make a speech to the population also using contractarianism. In his speech, he has the moral responsibility to enlighten the state with peace at home after a disastrous event. His authority allows him to reassure the citizens and do everything in his will to bring the city back to commonwealth, united as one.

The first to be called on was the Director of FEMA who has a multitude of responsibilities including removing the rubble in the city, temporary housing for displaced personnel, and removal of the dead. FEMA, facing some negativity from the past wants to...
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