7 Threats to Ethics: Unreasonable Demands

I think the unreasonable demands is the most practical problem in the threat of ethics which relate to our everyday life. I think this has to do with the problems of our everyday lives. We place so many unreasonable moral principles on ourselves to follow. What is the use of moral principles if we often break them? This contradicts the idea that we need to be consistent in our moral decisions, and not to be different in one situation and be the other way in another situation.

For example, the common moral principle not to lie. Most people “claim” to be agreement to the moral principle of “one should not lie”. This moral principle is unreasonable as most people lie in certain scenarios for certain purposes. Is telling a white lie a bad thing, in order to protect one person. A lie of ill intent I think everyone would agree is morally unjust. For example, in a hostage situation, would telling a lie be wrong? Or would telling the truth be right. This begs us to question why we should have a universal code of principles, and who is obliged to follow these principles.

Another example would be the unreasonable demand for businesses to follow demands made by a certain group of people. An unreasonable moral principle would be “that it is unethically wrong to kill cows in-humanely.” This would be an unreasonable demands for businesses to increase costs of production because it affects one group of people e.g. vegans.

All these logical inconsistencies exist in our life which make us question whether ethics even exist, and whether it is just a set of rules. Why shouldn’t we just create our own morals or ethics? I believe this is the most significant threats to ethics as it relates to our real lives and how there are logical inconsistencies in our everyday lives.