Lies and their Consequences

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There is one incident that I can expound on I did volunteer work for a non-profit organization, and my duties are to maintain accountability of the finances and to keep the record of all expenses.  I had to take a leave of absence for military duty had called. I had gone for nine months. Within that time span and upon me returning to my volunteer duties.  The director who was in charge had taken over my duties while I was gone and had overspent the budget which left the organization deficit of zero balance in the bank account.  Lies are morally wrong, for two reasons. First, lying corrupts the most outstanding quality of my being a human: your ability to make free, rational choices. (Mazuir 1993) .

Well, the director chose to tell a lie to cover up what he had done. We the trustee had asked the director on two separate occasions how much money was left in the budget, his answer about $3k. I had discovered that the account was zero balance. Therefore, his lies caught up with him where he had to resign from his position. The philosopher Immanuel Kant said that lying was always morally wrong. He argued that all persons are born with an “intrinsic worth” that he called human dignity. This dignity derives from the fact that humans are uniquely rational agents, capable of freely making their own decisions, setting their own goals, and guiding their conduct by reason. To be human, said Kant, is to have the rational power of free choice; to be ethical, he continued, is to respect that power in oneself and others. (Mazuir 1993).

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