Personal Worldview and Utalitarianism

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Worldview paper
Each individual’s view on right or wrong is based on personal worldview. The personal worldview shapes a person’s outlook on policy. Therefore, my worldview influences which policies I support. I will use my worldview to judge an editorial regarding minimum wages.
In my worldview, I believe in the community good which is the Utilitarian view on ethics. I am willing to make sacrifice for the majority. It is impossible to appease everyone in the group; sometimes compromises have to be made. For example, during my family gatherings, the decision on what TV channels to watch is difficult, because everyone has a different taste in shows. At the end of the day, the majority wins and most of us are happy. I believe in
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Regulation from the federal government is the only way to redistribute wealth to the poor and protect the majority low-income workers from employers abusing their power.
Furthermore, the editorial board believed in Kantian ethics, because the individual autonomy is emphasized (4). They believed that the company owner should be treated with dignity and make their own choices based on their individual company conditions rather than getting forced by the federal government to increase minimum wages each year. According to the editorial board, the small business employer will suffer from paying higher wages to employees. In one of the examples, a coffee shop employer has to increase the gross weekly payroll from $725 to $850. In order to increase the wages, the employers will have to figure out how to make up the loss by firing employees or increasing the price of coffee beverages (2). However, I think this will cause unhappiness in few communities. I believe in maximizing happiness for the most people. The society’s benefit is paramount to a few individuals’ needs. There are more workers affected and benefited by raising minimum wages than small employers suffering from the increasing wages. Many people who work for the food industry or retail are earning minimum wage and their families depend on their earnings. Therefore, increasing minimum wages will make many people happier,

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