GOODMAN’S PAPER ESSAY
SOC120: INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
December 13, 2012
Lenn Goodman argues that there are certain things that are simply wrong. I think that Goodman is right. Slavery, Polygamy, and Incest are just a few that Goodman argues that are wrong. In “Some Moral Minima” I trust Lenn Goodman is accurate when he says “certain things are simply wrong.” I agree with Goodman on these matters because there is never a decent interval to kill for the sake of killing, rape for the sake of instantaneous desire, or take others individual’s rights away for the sake of attainment, admiration or prosperity. In his argument, Mr. Goodman confirms the existence of four fundamental and universal things that fall under the category of wrong and unacceptable acts in society-moral minima. First is genocide that encompasses politically instigated famine and germ warfare. Second is the act of terrorism that also includes kidnapping and child labor force especially as warriors. Next category is polygamy that may also be extended to cover slavery and incest. Rape and female genital mutilation are also another category (Goodman, 2010, p.89). I can agree and say that I share the same sentiments with him. I think majority of what he has outlined in his arguments in the eyes of most of the civilized population is regarded as acts directed to deny human beings the right to a comfortable life and as such immoral. Therefore, I determined that Goodman was extremely right to list down the ills that affect or can affect any society (Goodman, 2010, p.90). Goodman basically discusses that every person whether it be man, woman, or child has the rights to live and be free from any and all inhumane treatment. Goodman main understanding is not to be quick on judging things we don’t understand, but to judge those things that are not morally right. I believe that all people are equal and have the right to live their own life as do...
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