David Mitchells’ Cloud Atlas Essay

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A dystopia could be described as a horrendous vision of events to occur in the near future which can be depicted in David Mitchells’ book, Cloud Atlas, where the author mentions of polluted lands, waters and air (Mitchell, 2004). Such a dystopian wasteland is imminent in Rosia Montana, Romania where a substantial gold mining project managed by Gabriel Resources Ltd, a Canadian firm, might demolish three villages and four mountains, and build up a considerable reservoir for 214 million tons of cyanide waste which is used to extract gold from ore (BBC, 2013). Although several ethical dilemmas can be depicted by this, the author chose to emphasize whether CFO, Jonathan Henry alongside the board of directors should continue with this over 12…show more content…
For example, an individual from the community specified that the company corrupted/bought the local doctor and priest so that they moved to a different location. This forced the locals to travel whenever they needed medical assistance or whenever they needed a burial service. This initiative has been held back by an association consisting of local residents for more than a decade by using volunteer lawyers (Jamasmie, 2013). If the mining project will commence, the economics that dictate to the politics will seal the road to a sustainable disaster in an "era of sustainable development” (Zaharia, 2010, p.1). It is a relevant ethical dilemma because it is a situation in which an ethical decision needs to be made by a businessman (CFO of Gabriel Resources) where viable options to this case are available which will be judged further in this essay by applying ethical theory and concepts. By Kohlberg’s (1969) stages of cognitive moral development (SoCMD) cited in Crane and Matten (2010, p.154) Gabriel Resources, just like most businesses, operate at a conventional level which implies that employees are searching for guidance from superiors through various cues (Treviňo and Nelson 2007 cited in Crane and Matten, p.153) which further emphasizes the fact that the decision relies on the superiors of the organisation. Taking this into account, the author considers
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