The Ethics Of Bill Gates

1571 WordsDec 7, 20167 Pages
Let’s suppose you are walking down the street on a Sunday afternoon when out of nowhere you see a man get shot. You rush over to this man and can tell that he doesn’t have more than a few moments left. As his dying wish he makes you promise to give his fortune of $10 million dollars to his best friend Bill Gates. As you are walking over to Bill Gates house you see a sign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital asking for $10 million dollars for research on a rare genetic disease that could save 100,000 lives. What do you do? Would you keep your promise to the dying man and give this money to Bill Gates or would you do what would help more people by donating the money to Children’s Miracle Network Hospital? If you decided to donate the money to charity to save an immense amount of lives you would side with teleological theory whereas if you decided to keep your promise and give the money to Bill Gates, you would be agreeing with deontological theory. These theories have deeply divided modern ethics today. I would choose to agree with teleological theory to dishonor my promise with this dying man to be able to bring more happiness on earth. I believe that if more people lived by the teleological theory the world would be a better place today. Teleological ethics is based on maximizing nonmoral goods, like pleasure, happiness, welfare, and the improvement of suffering. The teleologist focuses on the outcome that each decision makes, not the act itself. Teleological ethics are
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