Social Responsibility essay

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Imagine walking into a village in another country. You find that a local military officer is about to shoot three people lined up against the wall. You ask, “Why are you shooting these people? They look quite harmless.” 


The officer says, “Last night somebody in this village shot one of my men. I know that somebody in this village is guilty, so I am going to shoot these three to set an example.” 


You say,”You can’t do that! You’re going to kill an innocent person. If only one shot was fired, then perhaps two of these people are innocent, perhaps all three. You just can’t do that.” 


The officer takes a rifle from one of his men and hands it to you saying, “You shoot one of them for me and I’ll let the other two go. You can save two lives if you shoot one of them. I’m going to teach you that in civil war you can’t have these holier than thou attitudes.” 



 Social Responsibility

In your own words, answer the following questions.  

In what ways is voting said to be a civic responsibility?

What are the consequences of voting to your community?

What are the consequences of not voting to the community?

How would you try to convince non-voters to participate, given possible differences in age, education, culture, etc?


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    • 1. Personal Responsibility


      Hypothetical Situation (from Joseph Nye, Understanding International Conflicts (Longman, 2003) page 21.


      Imagine walking into a village in another country. You find that a …