Ethics Blog No. 1
"Do you still want to defend your country?"
The current issues and problems of the Philippines are continuing to grow. With the controversial release of rapist-murderer Mayor Sanchez and the continuing problems with China, it is grim fro the country especially for its hope, the youth. The youth are seen as activists that the government would want to place soldiers inside the school to defend recruitment from activist groups.
In our first Ethics class, a question was thrown. With all the pressing issues of the government and the corrupt politicians, do you still want to defend your country? I was speechless. I thought to myself and reflected if I would ever wanted to defend the country with what's happening. The government doesn't care about the youth movements, corrupt politicians continue to take our taxes, other countries are attacking us and the government doesn't budge at all. What hope is left? That was what I thought about the question. I couldn't answer yes or no because I felt that I didn't defended the country at all.
After the question, we were presented to an array of moral questions. A take on vote-buying, prostitution and rape. If you were so poor that you could not afford anything say food for your hungry child, would you sell your dignity by vote-buying? Or would you sell your body by prostitution? Are vote-buying and prostitution morally good? The class was in divided and reached deadlock. Some would find better solutions while a person suggested to kill the child. I thought that the correct answer was to find a new and better solution because there will always be a better solution than selling your body and dignity. But with the country as it is now, hope is what we can all cling on.
The last scenario given to us was about rape. Let's say you have a best friend and a friend. Your best friend invited you and your friend to a drink. Then your best friend drugged your friend and raped her without her knowing. Your friend wakes up and thinks she is sexually active but she just then dismissed it as being hungover. Would you tell your friend that she was raped or not? Would you sell your best friend out or not? For me I was conflicted. My values tell me that I should tell her but the thought of her not being able to cope up with the realization would also make me feel wrong that I did it. Until now, I do not know the right answer.
The first week of Ethics was a what I wanted an Ethics class to be. A barrage of ethical questions that made us question our values. I hope the next class would be better and much more thought-provoking.