Ethics Quote Analysis

Your two-page Quote analysis is due this week.  The quotes, from which you must choose one, are listed below.


First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.  Then they came for the trade unionists, but I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.  Then they came for the Jews, but I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.  Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.  Martin Niemoeller.

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of the victims beneath the wheels of justice, We are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself…..if you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction….cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church.  We are fighting today for costly grace.   Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly…. One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws.  Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.  How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust?  A just law is a manmade law that squares with the moral law or the law of god.  Martin Luther King Jr.

Anarchy is no more an expression of social discontent than picking pockets or wife-beating……For the anarchist himself, whether he preaches or practices his doctrines, we need not have one particle more concern than for any ordinary murderer.  He is not the victim of social or political injustice.  There are no wrongs to remedy in his case.  The cause of his criminality is to be found in his own evil passions and in the evil conduct of those who urge him on, not in any failure by others or by the State to do justice to him or his.  He is a malefactor and nothing else.  Theodore Roosevelt

‘Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,’ repeated Winston obediently………Obedience is not enough.  Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own?  Power is inflicting pain and humiliation.  Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing……Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.    George Orwell, 1984

Please write on one of the four quotes (or series of quotes).  Your paper should be 2 pages in length.   If you write 2 pages, a brief biography of the individual, not more than ½ page, should be included.

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