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Morality vs Power

posted Jan 12, 2012 16:34:04 by klich046
4. Does having power change the rules of morality for those with power?
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khen647 said Jan 18, 2012 02:32:11
Having power should not change the rules of morality for the ones who have it; however in the play it does so anyway.
An example would be Fortinbras. Hamlet Sr. won the fight fairly and got his end of the bargain, Fortibras Sr. knew what the wager was to fighting against the other. He lost and died so therefore, Hamlet Sr. gets Norway. Fortinbras (Jr.) can't seem to make peace with that and he shouldn't be saying how Denmark fought dirty or how it wasn't fair. Eventually, because of those thoughts and the realization that the current King of Norway is most likely going to die soon, Fortinbras uses his power to give himself an advantage and pretends to simple be going after Poland while his true hidden intention is to take out the King of Denmark and regain his land.
kmac953 said Jan 18, 2012 15:05:17
Having authority shouldn't change the rules of morality. Just because a person has authority or power over another person does not mean that they can abuse this power and ignore basic human morality.
pa096 said Jan 18, 2012 15:05:39
King Claudius got away with incest in front of the whole kingdom and this was against the kingdoms moral and ethical beliefs. This proves that having power would change the rules of morality while King Claudius was in charge. People in the kingdom did not think that there was anything wrong with their marriage since they supported the couple by going to parties that Claudius and Gertrude had.
js620 said Jan 18, 2012 15:30:22
No, it doesn’t change the rules of morality as the amount of power should not dictate or allow a person to act immorally. Claudius sense of entitlement is an example of immoral acts leading to a characters ultimate downfall, because he was greedy and immoral.
klich046 said Jan 18, 2012 19:01:24
It's good to know that we are all on the same page. But lets say for instance, if a government of a country decides to poison some of the lives stock in order to kill humans because the popullation of the country was to much to keep up with the resources such as food, energy, fuel, etc. that the government owned, should that act of killing justifiable? or should we choose the moral thing to do and let the government go bankrupt and from the lack of nessecities it will kill most of the people in the country anyway.

your thoughts?
mo355 said Jan 21, 2012 01:25:28
Having power does not change the rules in morality, or at least it shouldn't. Many of those in power believe the rules and codes of conduct can be slackened or disregarded because they are in a position of authority. But if everyone thought that way, the government and society would be entirely corrupt and in chaos. If we wouldn't be able to look up to our leaders, what example would we follow?
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