Please respond to #1 and #2 with 150 words or more for each one.In each discussion forum, the object is to increase
understanding of many different ethical views. Keep in mind the Principle of Charity. We have a responsibility to be open to new ideas about
ethics here, just as you each have a responsibility to be open to your patients’
views. This openness includes the new theories introduced each week and the
participants’ views expressed in the forum. Seek to understand a view or concept
before criticizing it. If your understanding is incomplete, ask respectful
questions targeted at the ideas, and not the person expressing them. Answer
questions honestly and with respect. We also have a responsibility to express
our own views in such a way that invites discussion. Avoid stereotypes and
labelling groups or people, discussing ideas respectfully without use of
irrelevant information about the arguer. Avoidance of the ad hominem fallacy is
crucial to ethical discussion. This does not mean that disagreement is off
limits! Disagreements are best made with support and respectful discourse and
questioning. Going back to your own Initial Post (IP) and addressing questions
is a great way to show respect for others who have asked questions in their
Response post (RP) to your IP.
1. All most every thing in our
day to day life involves some sort of contract like schools, work, bills,
having kids and more. Rather it’s verbal or written, the point of it is to
honor it. A contract is a legal agreement between two or more people.
According to Igantieff,
an contract of citizenship are the duties of care that public officials owe to
the democratic society. After reading The Broken contract and watching the
video on Crumbling America, I say the government is in a breech of contract. There
is no way levees and bridges should break killing innocent people and the
people didn’t have a clue of whats going on. Either the government new what was
going on and didn’t notify the public or they failed to inspect the bridges and
levees and there for was ignorance to what was going to happen. Either way it
was a failure to keep the public safe. Part of the contract is to protect
citizens and their families from forces beyond their control
(Ignatieff, 2005). In so many ways they failed the citizens of the country.
During the Katrina disaster there where so many people left behind and left for
dead, they truly broke the contract for protection. Majority of the
people during hurricane Katrina were black and no way should a black person or
poor person should have to remind fellow Americans that they are Americans
(Igantieff, 2005). That is truly unacceptable in this day in age.
I think it will be hard to get
the social contract back on track but it can be done. It first have to start
with trust after all these incidents like bridges collapsing and levees
breaking, the citizens don’t trust the government. Mostly because they been
kept in the dark. I think letting everyone know and working to fix these
defects that it wont happen again or if it does happen they have a plan in
place. This can help put the people at ease.
2. After reading Michael Ignatieff’s esaay,
“The Broken Contract”, I was instantly transported back to television
camera circling from above showing people stranded on roof tops after Hurricane
Katrina hit and nearly destroyed New Orleans. Who was responsible for
getting help to these people. The government should have been on the spot
immediately after the storm was over. As the author suggests, the
citizens of this country expect that they will have “protection of their
possessions and of their families from forces beyond their control” (Ignatieff,
2005). This expectation was not met, in fact was ignored when the
hurricane hit the city. The head of FEMA, , Michael Brown, somehow failed
to realize his department was responsible for getting aid and comfort to the
people who were suffering. This produced another question: what was this
man’s qualification for running a department that was responsible for getting
help to people who need it most. He was formerly a master of ceremonies
for quarter house shows and was a political appointee of President Bush.
This man not only broke the contract with the people, he ignored it. But
in all fairness, how could he do anything but. He was not qualified to
run a department whose sole purpose is to make sure the citizens are safe from
devastating forces. The situation was made all the more intolerable when
descriptions of how bad conditions were in the Super Dome were described, as
people sought out shelter and waited for help that was not coming. The
contract was truly broken by all phases of the government and was enhanced even
more when it showed that there was blatant discrimination being conducted by
other authorities of the government, who ignored the pleas of black citizens
and even went so far as to physically restrain them from reaching areas of
safety where they could receive fresh food and water. It was a very sad
day for the contract to be honored. The only way to get help people
regain the trust of the government is by proof: the government must have people
who actually know what they are doing and then act on the demands made of them
from natural disaters that destroy people’s lives, and their hopes as well
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