The question of whether or not Odysseus, the main character in Homer’s The Odyssey, is a good leader is very difficult to answer; however, it seems as though the bad things he did trumped the good things he did, resulting in him being classified as a weak leader. Countless times in this epic, Odysseus is very arrogant and cocky, which puts his men’s lives in danger more times than not. For example, when they entered the cave of Polyphemus the cyclops, the majority of his men wanted to leave so they wouldn’t get eaten. Odysseus, however, decides to test Polyphemus’ hospitality, ultimately resulting in 6 deaths. He made his decision knowing the danger he was putting his men in, which isn’t something a strong leader would do. Strong leaders should
The dropping of the atomic bomb in Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was the end of WWII. However, there has been much conflict considering the use of the bomb. In this essay, I will discuss reasons from both sides of the argument and justify my opinion.
Chris McCandless, whose story is analyzed in Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, is a young adult who decides to leave his known habits and material belongings behind and live a completely self-sufficient life in the wilderness, a choice which ultimately leads to his death. In doing that, he also forfeits his family and friends. With that in mind, a question can be posed regarding the ethics of said behavior. As a childless, single and financially independent man, Chris McCandless has absolute ownership of his body and thus his decision to continue doing a sport that he knows can kill him is ethically defensible.
The nature of the enemy was changing and as there was conflicting guidance from MG Odierno to use more force and COL Rudesheim to use more non-lethal methods to combat the enemy, whoever that was. LTC Sassaman viewed COL Rudesheim as the desk jockey who did not really know what was going on in the field, and as a result of the conflict in guidance, discipline started to break down within the battalion. LTC Sassaman did not have a “how to” manual on how to combat insurgency and at the same time stand up a government. LTC Sassaman points out in the case study that the intent of the Soldiers who forced the two Iraqi’s over the bridge were not criminal. The decision by LT Saville to make these civilians jump into the Tigris River as a non-lethal threat describes the permissive attitude allowed that leads to unethical behavior in combat. There was no standard operating procedure for unethical behavior and is there one today beyond the army core values? The case study also stated LTC Sassaman’s superiors were not reprimanded or reviewed for their part in this unethical behavior of 1-8 IN BN. The generals in charge failed to have a clear battle plan, and left it at the battalion, company and platoon level to figure out, which set many Soldiers up to fail in this chaotic theater of operations during this
Anything is a double-edged sword and so does obedience. Obedience has many functions. Submissiveness to a authentic leader is indispensable to win a war, and also, it provides stability for a country. From another point of view, it will lead to chaos and confusions in an institution without obedience. On the contrary, submission also has some limitations. When people are instructed, they have capacities to do evil and blind obedience sometimes leads to disasters.
If you’ve ever had an ethical dilemma related to upholding the Army Values, let me first warn you that this will not be your last ethical dilemma. Second, let me provide you with purpose, direction, and motivation to uphold the Army’s Standards to influence your decision.
The story of Erin Brockovich is indeed one concerning levels of ethical dilemmas. What Erin Brockovich went through in the entire sphere of her job at the law firm with Ed Masry and her case concerning actions of PG&E, depicts quantum of all of the five ethical principles in one jock combined. However, what is of grave appreciation and instrumental value that how she and the people around her, knowingly or unknowingly, portrayed vivid views on personal ethics and contradictions towards internal believes and motives with such brilliance and articulate.
This article on ethics was really interesting and a dilemma that is prevalent within criminal justice. In the article Dr. Steven Davis recognized that students cheating in high school increased by 20% in the 1940 to 75% today. Davis stated, "If students lack ethics in high school and college, then there should be little surprise that they lack ethics in their careers. (2008)." This observation by Davis holds some value, because individuals that is willing to cheat to get ahead, definitely has no problem crossing ethical lines, because in their mind the wrong is acceptable, just as it was when they cheated.
In 1994, Rwanda was gripped with murderous fervor as Hutus across the country took up machetes against their Tutsi neighbors in what became 100 days of genocide that left 800,000 dead. Does the history of Rwanda provide any evidence of the implementation of the ten steps of genocide? How did Belgian imperialism influence the relationship between Hutus and Tutsis? What ultimately made the average Hutu decide to murder their Tutsi neighbors? In this paper I will investigate how the ten steps of genocide was used in Rwanda, the effects of imperialism on Rwandan culture and gain insight into why Hutus decided to kill Tutsis through the analysis of the book Machete Season by Jean Hatzfeld.
He says Jessup admitted that he ordered a “Code Red.” In his mind, he thinks he does not have to take the responsibility for what they have done as long as it was an order. But that is not the case. They should have questioned the order and protected Santiago instead of following their superior’s order. They both could have lost honor from their fellow Marines and citizens if they did not follow the order. However, the main cause of his death was due to his bad health condition, but the blame was placed on the marines. The marines were punished for their actions accordingly. This film depicts the obedience of soldiers in the
Have you ever had trouble making good or bad choices? If you have you can relate to the story, Shiloh, and character Marty. The theme for this story, is making good and bad choices. One character had to make a lot of difficult choices. Marty chose to take care of the dog and his family.
During the Battle of Chickamauga, MG Rosecrans did just that. He was not open to the opinions of others, including one of his most respected generals, Major General George Henry Thomas. In early September MG Rosecrans was preparing his forces to crush General Bragg’s confederate army. On September 9, MG Thomas met with MG Rosecrans to discuss the next course of action for his unit. During this meeting MG Thomas found that MG Rosecrans decided that the Army of Cumberland would immediately pursue the confederate army. MG Thomas advised to keep the army around Chattanooga in order to better prepare for upcoming frontward assault into the southern territory. MG Rosecrans overruled him.6 Part of the reason for not heeding MG Thomas’s advice was that MG Rosecrans was being pressured by the authorities in Washington to advance against the Confederate Army.7 Feeling pressure from his supiors made MG Rosecrans deaf to MG Thomas’s cautious suggestion and carelessly sure that his forces would sustain a ____ win against the enemy. By making deciding by himself, to pursue the enemy, MG Rosecrans did not listen his subordinate’s opinions and ideas. Part of this failure to have an open dialog with his subordinates is because MG Rosecrans was not given another choice; he had to advance on the enemy. By waiting the Army
Markinson later regrets caving to Jessup’s demands and admits to Lt. Daniel Kaffee that Santiago’s transfer papers were fake and signed days after Santiago’s death. Milgram effectively explains Markinson’s compliance to Jessup’s dishonesty was a result of Markinson attempting to please and prove himself worthy to Jessup (Milgram 86). Jessup, who trained with Markinson, achieved one rank higher than him which Kelman and Hamilton would logically reason resulted in Markinson not questioning Jessup’s authority (Kelman and Hamilton 136). Milgram, supporting Kelman and Hamilton, would impart how extremely few individuals are able to resist authority due to their desire to please their superior (Milgram 86). If Markinson confided in Jessup because he was a former comrade, then it probably was more difficult to disobey him. Robert Prentice, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, coincides with Milgram, Kelman and Hamilton as he portrays in “Obedience to Authority,” that Markinson’s obedience to Jessup likely occurred strictly because Markinson was more concerned with Jessup accepting his decision rather than the content of the decision itself (Prentice). If this is true, than it is probable all humans are capable of following similar unethical commands that are a result the desire to please a higher authority. In addition, Kelman and Hamilton would effectively reason Markinson followed Jessup’s mandate due to routinization. They would explain since Markinson followed countless orders from Jessup before, he encountered the pressures to obey Jessup again. Once Markinson became captive to the routine of following Jessup’s demand, Kelman and Hamilton would claim he probably failed to consider the implications of the action or even the decision to execute it (Kelman and Hamilton 140). Donald D.
In “Lifeboat Ethics: The Case against Helping the Poor” (1974), Hardin debates whether rich countries should provide aid to poor countries through food supplies or immigration. Garrett Hardin was a renowned Americans philosopher received his PhD in microbiology from Stanford University. He has written several books and articles that mainly focus on ecology, and throughout his life, has constantly forewarned the world about the risks of overpopulation. Due to his deep understanding of ecology, and due to the intensive research the author has done on this particular topic, Hardin is credible to write an article about this topic. Moreover, Hardin’s main purpose in writing this piece is to persuade the readers, the population of the rich countries and their governments, not to help the poorer countries. Nevertheless, Hardin does not succeed in persuading the readers of his viewpoints, as Hardin fails to provide enough evidence to support his controversial arguments.
Commitment, dedication, and motivation are the three most important values when joining the military. Background checks and months of training are required to ensure that the best is selected to stand strong as one for the best interest of all. Regardless of the requisites, hundreds of individuals devote their time to become part of the US military, unfortunately it is not meant for everyone. Even though the system tries to ensure that only the strong get chosen, it has been proven to be flawed. For example, ex-military personal, like Robert (Bowe) Bergdahl, have left base camps or leaked information to express their feelings towards the military. Powers argues that, when any member of armed forces deliberately walks away from a base camp or