Morality In George Didion's Ethical Decisions

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At a young age, humans are taught that morality is a type of social code between what is wrong and what is right, but when the times change, social code and morality begin to alter into newly accepted ideas. So morality is relative to each individual person and each time period, but sometimes an individual's own morality can be persuaded, and he or she can be assuaged into believing the morality of others. For example, George Orwell was struggling with his morality and the morality of the government and people, which in turn resulted in an unethical decision. Pressure and influence of others can hold a strong grasp on individuals that can cause a person to abandon his or her morality in order to not appear as a person as inadequate. The constraining grasp can force individuals to deceive themselves into believing that the unethical…show more content…
Adolf Hitler was a well educated man, but his knowledge was shadowed by his leadership during the Holocaust. Hitler’s conscience caused him to perform extreme actions in order to form a pure nation in which he thought was his responsibility. Didion speaks about the arrogance of people’s personal conscience and how precarious the conscience can be when it pertains to murderers and madmen, but she then speaks about how Jesus, a glorified example, used his conscience throughout his life, which complicates the ethics of morality and presents the relativity of morality. Many people can follow their conscience and do the right thing, while others can have opposite results. But in the ethical dilemma of Orwell, he went against his conscience. He placed his position above his morality; therefore, he had to justify his actions with legality. This is an example how Orwell negates Didion’s argument about the instability of a person’s conscience, for Orwell ignored his ideals and morality and did not refer to his

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