Topic: strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance
7) “The hungry ‘should not be punished’ for stealing small amounts of food, if they are stealing to feed their family”. Is the statement morally justifiable? Discuss by giving your opinion on the moral conundrum.(250 words)
case study based question
Why this question:
The question is based on the theme of morality and the conundrum associated there so.
Key demand of the question:
One has to present arguments for whether poverty leads to crime? If yes, why so?
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
In brief narrate the moral conundrum involved in the situation.
Discuss first the reasons and the association poverty and hunger, elaborate that If a person is living in poverty they are less likely to have access to advanced education, life skills and job training. They are more likely to face unemployment or under employment. They are more likely to live in areas where crimes such as gangs and substance abuse are prevalent. Growing up in such environments increase the possibility of becoming involved in such activities because of the despair, frustration, anger and hopelessness created in such environments. If faced with the choice of barely getting by on a minimum wage job or making good money dealing drugs, many choose the criminal life because it allows an escape from poverty. So, for these reasons poverty may lead to more criminal activity.
Then discuss the ethical issues involved, and whether it is justified for the poor to steal. Present your opinion with suitable justifications.
Conclude with fair and balanced opinion.