Suffering Essays

Utilitarianism

?‘Increasing pleasure is more important than ending pain and suffering. ‘ How far would utilitarian’s agree with this statement? A utilitarian’s opinion on increasing pleasure rather than ending pain would depend upon the severity of the case being assessed. Although utilitarianism is used to decide whether or not in theory carrying out an act will bring about more pleasure, some utilitarian’s may argue that there are cases of suffering which require more serious attention, to put an end to that…

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Ethical Treatment of Animals

The treatment of animals is happening all around us all over the world. Everyday people can see what is happening to animals on television, the internet, and even reading it in newspapers. Animals are great companions and benefit humans. They do not deserve to be treated unethically because they do have the ability to feel pleasure, pain, and suffering just like humans do. Animal cruelty is an ongoing crime that more than likely will not ever be stopped but at…

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Speech and Debate

Ethanasia should be allowed./ Euthanasia should be forbidden. Euthanasia should be allowed. Reason 1: Those who are suffering from painful diseases do not have to suffer any more. Supports and sources: 1) Jose, a patient who suffered from incurable disease, begged for mercy killing because she couldn’t endure the pain anymore. Dinyar Godrej, A Careful Death, April 1997 issue of the New Internationalist. 2) Chantal Sebire, a woman whose face was horribly disfigured. She fought for the right to take…

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Pain Leads to Growth

(Thesis Statement) In the Olive Ann Burns novel Cold Sassy Tree, Will Tweedy grows from a somewhat thoughtless fourteen-year-old boy to a more mature and compassionate person. (SO 1) Initially, Will acts in a capricious manner, often hurting people without really understanding the effect of his actions. (SO 2) However, when Will encounters some hurtful experiences and grows from them, he starts to see situations from a new perspective. (SO 3) Subsequently, Will evolves into someone who cares for others…

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Shooting Stars by Carol Ann Duffy

“Shooting stars” by Carol Anne Duffy is a disturbing and tragically intriguing poem. In the poem, Duffy creates a picture of a heroic figure enduring life within a concentration camp, in the form of the narrator. This admirable figure tugs at the heart strings of the reader and leaves us shocked, reminding us of the brutal suffering of the Jews. Duffy takes on the persona of a victim in a concentration camp and creates a sense of impending death and…

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Utilitarianism and Happiness

This theory advocates that the actions worth is determined by maximizing utility (pleasure or happiness). it looks at the consequence of an action as to whether the outcome is good to the majority of people affected by it. According to Bentham, utilitarianism is the greatest happiness or greatest felicity principle. There are many types of this theory which include act vs. rule, two level, motive, negative and average vs. total. (Clifford G. , John C.2009). In act utilitarianism, when people…

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Ethics_ Hedonism and Pleasure

1) The difference between physical and attitudinal pleasure is that one is something that you can hold and grab, while the other is something that is in your mind. To expand, physical pleasure is a temporary thing. For an example: Eating key lime pie. Eating this specific pie for some people give them pleasure because it tastes good; however, when the consumption is complete, the taste eventually goes away along with the pleasure. On the other hand, attitudinal, or psychological…

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_match Girl_ by Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop bases her story, “Match Girl, off of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Match Girl”, but she adds a disturbing twist. Bishop uses so much torture and violence that as a reader you want no more. “Little Match Girl” was a story based on an innocent little girl having to face the cold heart of society. On the other hand, “Match Girl” was a story based on a young girl that has to face a disgusting and cruel world. The…

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Is World Full of Suffering

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it?. This literal and realistic statement said by one who has known suffering and has dealt with it. Helen Keller experienced a traumatic time as a child; being deaf and blind, she knew suffering but also knew that it is possible for it to be conquered and forgot. She…

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Understanding of Pain and Suffering

Everyone has a different perception of pain and what it means to one’s state of health. Pain can be physical or psychological; it can also be acute of chronic. All pains and aches are a maker of some type of suffering. My understanding of pain and suffering mainly comes from previous experiences of from my own state of discomfort and also from observation of patients at work. After reading book titled “The Anatomy of Hope” by Dr. Jerome Goodman, I…

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Bradshaw’s Theory

Bradshaw’s theory about the growth of children is very accurate. When a child experiences pain and suffering at a young age they become emotionally damaged. For example my Grandpa caused my uncle a lot of pain and guilt when he was young because my grandpa divorced by grandma and left my uncle to be the man of the house at such a young age. Today my uncle still has not forgiven my grandfather and he has trouble getting close to…

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Corporal Punishment in Schools

Corporal punishment is the deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence, or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, or to deter attitudes or behaviour deemed unacceptable (Miller, Vandome, & McBrewster, 2009). Corporal punishment can be divided into three categories, these include: judicial, domestic and school. For the purpose of this essay we will be focusing on school corporal punishment, the advantages and guidelines to follow when using corporal punishment and the disadvantages and effects on…

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Cultural Attitudes Toward Prolonging Life

A 25-year-old woman is dying of cancer. She has asked the “no extreme procedures be used to prolong life.” She is now comatose and can be kept alive only with machines. How would you decide whether her will should be respected? This question was given in class and the majority of my group responded that they would not go to any extreme measures to keep the 25-year-old woman alive. The majority of the group reasons were that it was her…

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Euthanasia (mercy Killing)

The topic I chose is Euthanasia (mercy killing) should be permitted in cases of terminally ill patients. Euthanasia is from the Greek word to “die well.” In other words, “a good death.” Some people call it the act of killing a person who suffers from a mental or physician condition. “Mercy Killing,” is another name for it. Euthanasia (mercy killing) or physician-assisted suicide/PAS, is a confusing and heart-wrenching issue for many. We are all likely to face difficult end-of-life choices…

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Toxic Emotions at Work

Toxic emotions are negative emotions that are felt in the workplace, when changes or other actions take place. There are many factors that influence toxic emoticon such as; “new bosses, mergers, layoffs, stifling or confusing policies, salary decisions, and even the way that changes are communicated” (Pierce & Newstrom, 2011, p. 244). Each factor presents its own risks and challenges, and it is important to remember to deal with each emotional upsets from the beginning. The job of a toxin…

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