Throughout the course of history, the human race has debated on whether or not, as an individual you have a responsibility towards society. First, it is necessary to understand that being a part of society is a privilege. With any privilege comes responsibility, which could be obtaining your driver’s license and having a responsibility towards your personal safety as well as the safety of others while driving. Another example is as simple as your parents letting you out of the house on a Friday night and making the decision on whether to drink or not to drink. As an individual, you have a responsibility to contribute to the betterment of society. If everyone were only looking out for himself or herself we would be a country of selfish narcissists, and the society’s growth would stagnate. As an individual myself, I have come to realize that there are innumerable amounts of things that allow us to contribute to society as a whole. A specific ethical obligation that young adults all across the world have is the option to educate oneself. We educate ourselves in order to make good decisions, succeed financially, and if needed come to the aid of family, neighbor and country in times of hardship. It is a fact that everyone at some point provides public service whether it is national defense, jury duty, obeying laws, or doing the research to cast an educated vote along with many other things. We are society and by our choices we form what type of society we live in. In result, we have a responsibility towards said society, whether our responsibility is morally economically, or ethically. Looking inside the book Ethan Frome written by Edith Wharton, you find yourself struck by a saddening realization of an individual being abruptly hit with an ethical/moral responsibility toward her family. Ethan Frome struggles to make a...
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