Subject: “The end justifies the means” – opinion essay.
“The end justifies the means” is used to say that doing bad things is acceptable if they achieve an important result. The result doesn’t need always be good-it must be important. This argument was created by Niccolò Machiavelli in XVI century. Machiavelli believed that any evil action can be justified if it is done for a good purpose. I would like to show few arguments why this statement is correct and why not.
First of all, this statement has positive meaning, when our purpose is noble, advantageous and will help not only me but lot of people, we should do everything to achieve it, without thinking about the circumstances. Take an illness into consideration. If someone from our family is seriously ill, we will be trying to find some help, medicines, do everything which will help to clear up the illness.
Secondly, if there is something which we want to gain and that thing if much more important that wherewithal, that will be use and loose for our purpose, shouldn’t we sacrifice this wherewithal to achieve our ideal aim?
On the other hand, we shouldn’t leave no stone unturned because it may have terrible result in the end. It may be a disaster if we take something by storm without earlier discussion about the problem. What is more, if something bad happen to someone, because we are set on something, we will later have sting of remorse. It is immoral behavior if person is hurt because we want gain something very much.
Summing up, I think it is difficult to judge this statement. It depends from situation, from our point of view and from our behavior, if this statement will have good meaning or bad. We must in our mind consider how to resolve the problem without hurting other people.
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The End Justifies The Means.
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An enterprise can succeed only if it has a goal. To achieve that goal an effective method should be adopted. The method can be harmless with no violence in it. Or it can be hard and cruel which calls for a lot of violence. In both cases the goal is the same. Only the method of achieving it is different. The proverb, a very disputable one, means that if the goal is good the methods adopted for achieving it do not matter. It can be good or bad. The Florentine statesman, Machiavelli, in his book THE PRINCE advocated this doctrine. According to him, it is justifiable to go to any extent for achieving a good cause. It may be necessary to use violence sometimes. It will be harmful to some people. But all that can be justified if the goal is good. Some great Indian leaders and thinkers like Gandhi have opposed this doctrine. According to them it is not only necessary that goal should be good but the means adopted for achieving it should also be good. In some countries governments resort to anything for suppressing riots. When peaceful requests and talk fail to bring about the desired result, they use sheer force to suppress such riots. They argue that it is for the common good of the public. Whatever be the truth, the doctrine ‘the end justifies the means’ happens to be a very controversial one which provokes much thinking and dispute.
The End Justifies The Means.
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