The Need For Ethics

 http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20203220,00.html

http://dating.about.com/b/2007/09/24/the-definition-of-dating.htm

http://www.tvfanatic.com/quotes/shows/sex-and-the-city/episodes/the-cheating-curve/satc-s05-ep67_l

“Charlotte: I can’t believe he had the nerve to stand there kissing that woman and still pretend he wasn’t cheating on me.

Carrie: Maybe he doesn’t consider kissing cheating.

Samantha: Oh, come on it was only your second date.

Charlotte: So, doesn’t that still guarantee me fidelity until the end of the evening?

This particular quote came to mind while reading chapter one,  “The Need for Ethics.” What defines something to be right or wrong? Who do we allow to make these decisions? All these questions came to mind while reading tonight’s assignments. This quote is relevant because it brings to light questions that many of us ask? What do we consider to be right or wrong? To who or what do we turn to answer these questions? In this case, how would we answer Charlotte’s question? In her point of view, she was on a date with this gentleman. According to About.com, Bonny Albo explains, “a date refers to an activity two people share together with the intention of getting to know each other better on a potentially romantic level.” Therefore, Charlotte was right to expect him to be loyal to her during her date right?

 

Lets break this argument down a bit.

  1. Charlotte was on a date.

2.  A date is an activity two people share together with the intention of getting to  know each other better on a potentially romantic level.

3. ∴ The gentleman should have not been kissing an other woman while on the date.

 

So, does this mean that Charlotte was right? Not necessary. The gentleman’s idea of a date also plays an important part in answering this question. In order for Charlotte to be right about this particular subject, her date would have to agree on the definition of what she considers to be a “date.” Once that’s agreed on, THEN kissing another woman while on date is wrong. Well, at least that’s how I interpret it. Ethics, the key to solving everything…

 

What do you think?

 

 

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One thought on “The Need For Ethics

  1. Infidelity is definitely something that needs to be discussed. That show is hilarious but considering all the discussing that happens between the women, they never seem to discuss it with their significant other (or soon to be). Its true emotions bring out the best and worse of ethics and jealousy is hard pill to swallow. So trying to define what is the morally correct thing to do between the dater and the datee can take as much time as getting to know each other. Funny thing is by the time they finish finding an equal ethical level to date, they’ve already eloped, had kids, and are deciding between joint cremation or grave plots on opposite sides of the hill.

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