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Life is full of ethical situations, as individuals we face many, almost on a daily basis. However, there are ethical situations which go beyond the individual. These situations are related to society, ...

Life is full of ethical situations, as individuals we face many, almost on a daily basis. However, there are ethical situations which go beyond the individual. These situations are related to society, and as such, require a response from society. As with individuals, inaction is an action, therefore responsibility is unavoidable.

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  • 1. Distribution of Resources Science and Technique Frontiers of Life Commerce Current Ethical Problems Sustainability on the planet The use (abuse) of people Anthony Fernández and Ángela Ruiz Pedro Espinosa High School (Antequera)
  • 2. Current Ethical Problems Life is full of ethical situations, as individuals we face many, almost on a daily basis. However, there are ethical situations which go beyond the individual. These situations are related to society, and as such, require a response from society. As with individuals, inaction is an action, therefore responsibility is unavoidable. Let's look at a few issues that give rise to ethical doubts.
  • 3. 1. Distribution of Resources Humanity doesn't equally distribute the most basic resources such as food, water or access to education. ● The majority of the world's population doesn't have what's necessary to subsist. ● Meanwhile, about a third of the world's population consumes much more than it needs. ●
  • 4. 2. Science and Technique In the last century scientific advances have improved living and health conditions considerably. ● In many developed countries this knowledge has been made available to all via free health care systems. ● Even so, there are aspects which should be reflected upon, for example investigation with human embryos or genetic code manipulation. ●
  • 5. 2. Science and Technique Although the goals are commendable, there are those who believe that not all means are valid to achieve them. ● The commercialisation of medicines hinders the study of third-world diseases and makes certain treatments, such as AIDS, very expensive for the economies of many countries. ●
  • 6. 3. Frontiers of Life In what moment does a life start? When does it end? ● Many countries allow abortion under certain circumstances, however, there are many who argue that life starts at conception and therefore abortion ends a life. ● Another problem arises with euthanasia. Can one decide when to end their own life? The problem becomes more complicated if this decision is to be made by another person. ●
  • 7. 4. Sustainability on the Planet We are increasingly aware that our habits of production and consumption are unsustainable. ● Ecological responsibility affects society with respect to caring for the environment for current and future generations. ● Compliance with ecological commitments and directives by many countries leaves much to be desired. ●
  • 8. DEFINITION: ecological responsibility Web definitions Consumers should recognize the impact of their decisions on the physical environment and possible conflict between the desire to own things and the destruction of the environment.
  • 9. 5. Commerce All products, even first necessity ones, can be bought and sold, and are therefore subject to the laws of supply and demand. ● This means a necessary commodity, such as a home, assumes economic value, making it difficult for many people to obtain. ● Similarly, in other parts of the world, food and medicine can have prohibitive prices. ●
  • 10. 6. The use (abuse) of People Child labour, sexual exploitation, groups that traffic with the hopes of a better life and take advantage of immigrants' vulnerabilities, people displaced by war... Often people are treated as simple merchandise and not as an end in themselves. ●