ethics unit 3

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The Harm Principle states: “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant” (Ethics 1st Edition, p. 81).

Given this definition consider legalized gambling and a person that has an addiction to gambling. You next door neighbor, Sarah Jones, has been going to Bingo 7 nights a week and stays about even with money spent versus money won. She has done this for over 3 years. Recently, she has started going to the casino after Bingo to play the slots. Over the past six [6] months she has lost over $85,000. She has taken a second mortgage on her house, she has a note on her vehicle which was paid in full, and she has started selling items out of her home. She has three [3] minor children and besides not being at home in the afternoons or evenings she does not always have enough nutritious food in the house. There are lots of cereals, microwave meals, and “junk” food. Her children do not always have clean clothes and often get to school late in the mornings, something that had not occurred in the past.

Does the Harm Principle apply to Sarah and her behavior?

Ethically do you feel should do something, take action? What and why? Or if not why not?

Morally do you think a next door neighbor that observes minor children at risk should take some action? Why or why not?

Your one deliverable should be 2 and half pages long, including a title and a reference page.

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