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Moral Decision Making By Fiona Lewis
Transcript of Moral Decision Making By Fiona Lewis
You decide to alert the authorities to the selling of the illegal CD’s to uphold Australian laws. You trust in God to help you find a better job. Contemporary Values Under Australian law the manager of the store is legally allowed to own and operate his music store within the boundaries of Australian Federal and State law. Even though it is legal for the manager to run his own business it is morally wrong for him to be selling pirated CD’s. Not only is it breaking Australian law but it is also stealing music artist’s entitled royalties. (Aldous, 2005, pg 70 & 199) As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) “The seventh commandment requires justice, charity and respect for the goods of others, the universal destination of goods and respect for the right to private property.” (CCC 2401) In selling illegally pirated CD’s, the manager of the store is going against the Ten Commandments and against God’s covenant. The manager is stealing the rightful property of the music artists and selling it for private gain. As Pope Benedict XVI states in the encyclical letter Caritas in Veritate, “Without truth, without trust and love for what is true, there is no social conscience and responsibility resulting in social fragmentation, especially in a globalized society.” (Pope Benedict XVI, 2009) When there is no truth, trust or love in society the society as a whole does not share a conscience and a responsibility to the community and the world which results in social society crumbling, distancing individuals from one another. Pope Benedict XVI states, “To desire the common good and strive towards it is a requirement of justice and charity.” (Pope Benedict XVI, 2009) The common good is sought for the people who belong to the community, to respond to the needs of our neighbours thus bringing justice and love under God’s command. (Pope Benedict XVI, 2009) This leads to lack of social justice, charity and common good in society. As followers of God we are encouraged to strive for social justice and common good within our local and global community. The Beatitudes state “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice; they shall have their fill.” (Matthew 5: 6) This statement encourages the followers of God to ‘hunger and thirst’ for justice in the world and strive towards the common good; the ‘good of all humans’. The Old Testament holds many of God’s teachings and commandments, one teaching tells us “Do not follow the majority when they do wrong or when they give testimony that distorts justice.” (Exodus 23:2) This scripture encourages God’s followers to obey the law and commands of God to strive for justice, charity and love even when against the majority. In the process of obeying the law and preaching to others to obey the law and obey God’s commandments, God’s followers are often persecuted, mistreated and victimized by others for their actions and words. In this statement Jesus is asking His followers to continue to strive for justice and keep their faith regardless of the way they may be treated in order for social justice. (Ten Commandments: Their Historical Content, 2011) This is ultimately the best action as although I may lose my job and will go through hardships in the process of this action, I am doing the right thing in upholding Australian law and obeying God’s commands. In taking this action I must trust that God will help give me strength through hardships and help me to find another job. Although I am going against young society's values of trying to fit in and conform to the group, I hope that my friends will support me in doing the right thing and alerting the authorities to the manager’s illegal conduct. Decision