The two ethical issues that are explained in the cartoon (Calvin and Hobbes) are cheating, and choosing between success or principles. These are two ethical issues that we are faces with on an almost daily basis. The fact that we are submitting our marks to university and have the pressure to make good grades adds to our willingness to choose cheating over not cheating. Cheating is a very easily accomplished task, that anybody can do. Wrong things are always easy to do, and bring you pleasure on a short term basis. Cheating, regardless of age, is an immoral act that is partaken by all, and consideration to cheat in order to gain an advantage is thought to be a common place in our society. As the little boy states in the comic strip, "of course, most everybody cheats some time or other. People always bend the rules if they think they can get away with it. Then again, that doesn't justify my cheating . Using that point that everybody cheats is for people who are ignorant, because if everybody jumped off a cliff would you. Of course you wouldn't, because you would first of all think about why everybody is jumping off the cliff and if that is the best moral thing to do for you. Then you would obviously come to the conclusion hat morally you do not have the right to take your own life away and so you would not jump off the cliff even though everybody else did. This same scenario is played with cheating. If everybody is cheating, then everybody is doing the wrong thing, and you should be wise enough to do the right thing. Even though you will not get the 90% that you wanted to, that is the consequence you get for not studying. Just like the old saying goes, "You do the crime you got to do the time . One would simply replace crime with not studying and time with the low grade on your test.
The second ethical issue that is raised with this comic strip is choosing success over principles. This seems to be... Continue Reading