Utilitarianism: an exam prep essay

I’m using this in my exam essay since I can bring in a page of notes. I just want other people to tell me their views.

In 2007 under the Bush Administration, US military forces eliminated journalists in Iraq under the orders of higher up command while understanding their actions. A Blackhawk helicopter targeted, received orders to eliminate, and eventually massacred a group of journalists. In order to justify their actions they claimed that the camera equipment was shaped as a weapon and that they were perceived as insurgent forces. The footage of the attack was hidden under military encryption in order to secure it from public eye. After it leaked it was clearly evident that the orders were to take out the journalists. Innocent reporters and photographers working to document the war were eliminated in order to prevent further embarrassment for the US society to endure. Over a dozen were killed and 2 children were severely injured after a Blackhawk shot out a van with the visible children inside that were trying to help the reporter escape from the sprays of gunfire.

The atrocity lies in the justification. Utilitarianism isn’t just a concept, but a frame of mind that people take and societies mold around. The idea of Utilitarianism is for the moral worth of an action to be determined by the happiness it provides amongst society, and the individual.  People will live to make good decisions and act morally so that the greatest happiness is allowed, while societal structure is to protect the moral people from the destruction of their morality. Empirically, societies will create extreme moral codes that citizens follow for the sake of nobility and purpose, but the society itself will be immoral. Moral people will be willing to destroy other moral people who represent an opposing ideology of moral fulfillment. Unwittingly, good people fight other good people on different societal planes (ex: national, religious, and regional) for the betterment of utility.  The inevitable truth is that Democratic Peace Theory, or Perpetual Peace Theory, or any utilitarian experiment to lead towards peace is responsible for causing the continuation of violence and unhealthy dispositions amongst equally moral people with similar values.

When a leader, like George W. Bush and/or his staff (responsible for the events that transpired), want to protect the American Populous by silencing reporters and then hiding it from exposure so that Americans can continue to feel omnipotent in moral standing, Utilitarianism justified those decisions. There aren’t leaders of nations who do things without some sort of justification for their decisions. Although it probably wasn’t ideal, the administration went with what created the most beneficial consequence. Utilitarianism is responsible for the destruction of some of the noblest professionals in their field, and we are the ones to blame. All of the moral people of these immoral nations idolizing the concept moral happiness to the point that its better to kill groups of people than to comprehend and reject the flaws of an idea that we give into out of ease.  The insignificance of human being, already small enough in the enormity of the universe, evaporates into the metaphorical fog of disillusionment when it is lost to the concepts on the metaphysical creations of man.

The irony of Utilitarianism is what should lead to its ultimate demise. Consistent contradictions in its goals aren’t all of its faults. Utilitarianism, which strives for a benevolent world through consequential decision-making, acts as the major conductor of global peril because of its consequential decision-making. In searching for positive consequences, societies adhering to Utilitarian ideologies act in non-consequential ways that lead to sprouts of pleasure that, like a weed, deteriorate the world into something as bare and unnourished as Haiti has been over the last 100 years. Since no one ever acts to combat the doom that sprouts of happiness create, eventually our barren lands of good will won’t be able to support our global foundations of morality and, like in Haiti, we can be damaged by something so outstandingly unsuspecting that we perish on our pitiful land without the hope for survival.

This is my fear, and it only gets worse as time goes on.

—If anyone wants to ask (Winfield People), I did not use a dictionary to write this so stop pretending that I don’t know what I’ve written and if you have questions about what it means just ask. This is directed towards Zavier and his outrageous accusations that he knows aren’t true. Thanks

-Tait

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4 Comments

  1. Bugaboo
    Posted April 7, 2010 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    A+ essay. It makes you wonder what else our nation is hiding from us? I don’t even want to think about it, and maybe that’s Americas problem. We know what’s going on we just choose to think we are perfect, and have perfect morals. And you would use a thesaurus to write this. Not a dictionary, Zavier. (Not saying you did, Tait) By the way, I love the comparison to the weed. Nice ending to the essay.

  2. Posted April 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    No estб seguro de que esto es verdad:), pero gracias a un cargo.

    Dougles

  3. Posted May 3, 2010 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    great post as usual!

  4. Posted July 13, 2010 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Genial brief and this post helped me alot in my college assignement. Gratefulness you seeking your information.

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