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Contemporary ethical issues II

Last week’s class was interesting the topics we discussed were very informative and some even changed my opinions about certain things in life.


We started the class with the topic same sex marriage. Students were introduces about this issues. It also known as gay or equal marriage, this is a kind of marriage between two person of the same biological sex or gender. For this group of people we label them as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). Some countries legalized such marriage like Argentina, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa and Sweden. Every human have their civil right, so they are free to choose their own lifestyle. Moreover the thing that is most important in marriage is love not the difference in gender. For me marriage is union of two people that form families and the families interact and contribute something to the society. As for me I am straight but I don’t mind even if one of family member or a friend is gay or homosexual. Yes, I agree that marriage of the same gender sounds awkward and a lot of question like how, why and so on arises but if a homosexual couple is happy why should we interfere as for it is none of our business. People have different lives let them live as they please.


Second topic was about animal right. When we were small all of us, we read about animals, humans, plants in biology or environment studies by giving them equal priorities and considering each of them as the most valuable things on earth. When we gain knowledge about them and use them for each and everything we do in life, don’t you think we should give them their own rights as they breathe, consume and reproduce like us, humans. So as living things they have right to live together with human. Abusing animals is unethical because we do not have right to torture them. Universal declaration of animal right were created to protect the animal from been abuse. It says that, all animal are born equal and they have the same rights to existence. Every animal has the right to be respected same like human. Some animal still become a victims of animal abuse by psychopaths.


Third topic was about internet privacy. According to the lecturer, he said that internet privacy is the desire or mandate of personal privacy with respect to transaction or transmission of data via internet. Recently, the uses of internet have come to necessary to human. Wherever we go, we can see that mostly people have their own internet. The question is, as internet has become part of human life, does it really secure. Some people using internet in a wrong way, they use it in trespassing the privacy of other peoples like their name, pictures, and phone number and etc. for example, social networking like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Tagged has become an essential. At least for every people, they will have one account for social networking. Social networking has become a medium for them to interact between peoples. They can update their status; upload their pictures, sharing information by just clicking through internet. We need to remember not everything we share on the internet is safe; someone might misuse it for another purpose. For example, when we upload picture in internet, someone might use our picture for negative thing like uploading it in unmoral site or use it as blackmail. Some believes that privacy does not exist, it has been suggested that the appeal of online services is to broadcast personal information on purpose.


Fourth topic was about death penalty. A death penalty is the sentence of execution for murder and some other capital crimes (serious crimes, especially murder, which are punishable by death). The death penalty, or capital punishment, may be prescribed by Congress or any state legislature for murder and other capital crimes. The Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is not a per se violation of the Eight Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Furthermore, the Sixth Amendment does not require a jury trial in capital crime cases. Many nations in the world are implementing the capital punishment. For example in Malaysia, it applies to murder; drug trafficking, treason and waging war against Yang Di-Pertua Agong (The head of state of Malaysia). In Egypt, it can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians civilization. It was carried out against those who broke the law, rebelled against the Pharaoh and spying. Most state that does allow capital punishment have an age requirement, although it is permissible to impose a death penalty on a minor in certain cases. In my opinion, death penalty is ethical to be practice because it can be as an example for those who going to commit crime. Although death penalty is too cruel, it still can be acceptable. The execution is done by professional team, so that criminals will die faster. If every crimes done by people be sentence to death, I think no one want to commit crimes. Some people claims that death penalty will never be fair because lack of effective council, executing the innocent, executing the mentally Ill and etc.


The last topic was about insider trading. So what is Insider Trading? How can we deal with it? It can be define as when someone makes investment decision information that is not available to the general public. The illegal selling and/or buying of stock based on inside information. Actually I have no idea about this topic, hope at the end I will understand at least a little bit. In my opinion, insider trading is totally wrong. Usually it happened because of money, when people become too greedy they willing to do anything as long they can gain wealth in easy way. Some people will be dishonest when come to money.

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