Ethics of Supporting Something You Distrust

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Ethics of Supporting Something You Distrust

Post by Hanover on Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:08 am

Let us say you worked as a volunteer at the concession stand at your local little league baseball field, selling hotdogs and hamburgers and allowing the profits to go directly to the league. The field was near you home and many of your neighbors and even family members played baseball at the field. You learned, though, that the league was corrupt, doing all sorts of nefarious things with the money and you learned that the directors of the league had mistreated some of your neighbors.

What is your ethical obligation? Can you continue selling hotdogs and hamburgers to the benefit of the league under the claim that you're doing it only to help out your family and friends? At some point do you become complicit, considering your efforts are assisting those with bad intent?

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Re: Ethics of Supporting Something You Distrust

Post by Cpt_Fantastic on Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:46 am

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Re: Ethics of Supporting Something You Distrust

Post by cavacava on Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:37 pm

The little league provides a way for youngsters to play and practice their sport. It enables their play much in the same way the FIFA, the NCAA, NFL, NBA enable their players an organized way to compete.

I think that Unitarianism only really makes sense when judging social phenomena, such as sports, and other organized activities, such a politics.

The Little League enables the children to play and compete together in a structured framework, which benefits them, their parents and friends as well as other onlookers.  

This is weighted against the apparent corruption of the league management, which is comprised of a few people.

I think the greatest good lies in keeping the League going, enabling continued play even if that means the lining of a few pockets.

This does not mean that one is complicit with the owners. The intent is to enable the continuation of an activity that benefits the most people.

What one ought to do about the corruption issue, proceeds from this point in my estimation.

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