Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Morality of Admiral Hall’s Actions

Upon learning the intended plans of the Germans from deciphering the Zimmerman telegram, it was ethical of Admiral Hall to withhold such information from the President.   One may argue that Admiral Hall should morally concede the information to the President so that Britain may be subsequently informed, and lives could be potentially saved during […] Continue reading

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Sacrifice Few to Save Many

It is extremely hard to discern whether or not Admiral Hall’s decision to withhold the information contained in the Zimmerman Telegram from America is ethical or not. At first, it seems selfish to let Americans die because they are blind to the Germany and its allies’ aggression towards them, especially from an American’s perspective just so Britain […] Continue reading

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The Moral Question: Does Intention Matter?

Trade-offs between decisions that secure immediate safety versus the “overall good” – whether that means a quicker end to war, more net lives saved, keeping the upper hand – are often made during wars. They’re made in our everyday lives as well, though, of course, the consequences of choosing between those two options are on […] Continue reading

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What Do We Sacrifice For “Perfection”?

It looked like any other hospital waiting room. Well, any other hospital waiting room in the year 2050. I’ve been told that you weren’t kept behind bars like a common criminal. I’ve been told the doors didn’t always have locks on the outside. Hell, I’ve even been told the rooms had chairs to sit in. […] Continue reading

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Ethically Relying on the Unknown

I believe that, just like beauty, ethics are in the eye of the beholder. Whether or not one finds a decision ethical arguably depends more on one’s own upbringing and personal experiences than the action itself. The wide variety of cultural responses to issues such as abortion, the death penalty, and civil liberties exemplifies the […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Another Trendy Tuesday, another brand-new picture book! Today, I’m reviewing Waiting by Kevin Henkes, which was published less than a month ago on September 1st. Henkes is a very talented guy who both writes and illustrates his own books, and he has won the Caldecott Award (for Kitten’s First Full Moon) as well as a […] Continue reading

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Ethical yet Reasonable?

After Reverend Montgomery and Nigel de Grey deciphered the Zimmermann telegram, Admiral Sir William Hall refused to turn it over to the Americans. His decision not to tell President Wilson about its contents was not ethical, but it is somewhat understandable. With the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare, German U-boats were prepared to attack any […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books – Max the Brave

  Max the Brave By Ed Vere “Max is a kitten who chases mice. But what is a mouse?” Children of all ages know that cats chase mice. If they have seen Tom and Jerry, or some new age version of the same, they know this to be fact. But how is it that cats […] Continue reading

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The New Equations

Because everyone deserves a happy ending. (Continued from The Old Equations, by Jake Kerr) March 1, 2194—LC-E transmission Kate, your final message inspired me, but it is so hard to sit here and just wait. And wait. And wait. I’ve kept the QE link from Earth open, even though nothing ever comes through. Still, I […] Continue reading

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What would romance add to Sci-Fi literature?

Everyone can appreciate a good love story. The first meeting, the banter, the resistance, and finally, the admission of love. There’s something innately satisfying about seeing two people (or two mutants) that should be together, actually end up together. So why does most science fiction skirt around the idea of romance? Why is it so scary […] Continue reading

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