Justification Traps, And General Moral Rules

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People in general have struggled with right and wrong since the beginning of time. Often times the wrong decision is made by justification traps which stem from self-interests and the desire to succeed (Guffey & Loewy, 2015). Understanding the justification traps, and general moral rules when the dilemmas arise will ensure the best ethical decision is made every time. A person’s moral identity is based on expected societal norms, such as, religious beliefs, or employer values for example (Gu & Neesham, 2014). Whereas, a person’s ethical identity is intrinsic, how do you feel about the actions taken. According to William McGurn (2015), Wall Street Journal Columnist, and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, distinguishing right from wrong is relative. When given a choice to save two people from a burning car or your brother from another burning car, which would you choose? There is no right or wrong answer. Justification Traps Justification traps are excuses made to justify poor decisions (Guffey & Loewy, 2015). The false necessity trap is when a person convinces themselves that they have no other choice, when in reality their decision was based off of convenience or desire. The doctrine-of-relative-filth trap is when a poor decision is made, but compared to other poor decisions it is the least offensive. Another trap is the rationalization trap in which a person justifies decisions by providing excuses for actions. The self-deception trap

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