I need to write an ethical essay. Can someone get me started or help please? It's my first time writing one.I can choose my topic. i was thinking to do a good friend has developed a substance abuse...

I need to write an ethical essay. Can someone get me started or help please? It's my first time writing one.

I can choose my topic. i was thinking to do a good friend has developed a substance abuse problem. you know the parents are unaware. do you warn them?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I actually think you have outlined a good starting point in your situation.  A good opening to any paper on ethics is by simulating the ethical dilemma being experienced.  In placing the reader in this situation right off the bat can help to bring out the painful condition of ethical responsibility while being posed between equally desirable, but ultimately incompatible courses of the good.  Starting off with this ethical situation, in full and vivid detail, and then spending the rest of it detailing where the ethical paths lie might allow the reader to gain a full scope and understanding of the situation and the ethical implications present in it.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I assume that you have picked this topic because it is one that is ethically ambiguous.  If that is the case, then you should structure your essay in a way that will show that it is a complex issue.

If I were writing the essay, I would do it in one of two ways.  First, you can give all of your arguements for telling the parents first and then give arguments against telling (or vice versa).  I recommend putting the one you agree with second.

The other option is to go point by point and give the pros and cons of telling the parents or not telling the parents.  For example, you could say that one reason to tell the parents is because that is what is best for your friend.  Then you can talk about both sides -- is that really what is best for your friend.  After that, you move on to the next issue.

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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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First of all you should decide on the title of your essay. The title should clearly express your dilemma:your loyalty to your friend versus doing good to him by informing his parents. I think a title like "To Say or not to Say" or "To Reveal or not to Reveal" would clearly set the tone for your essay.

Your essay should clearly and logically set forth the pros and cons for revealing or not revealing your friend's problem to his parents. You must be able to present  at least three reasons for not revealing the problem to his parents and at the same time you should also present at least three reasons for revealing the problem of substance abuse to the parents of your friend. You should expand each of these reasons into a paragraph each.

You can conclude by saying that it is best that the parents know of their son's problem so that they can take timely action and rescue their son from this dangerous addiction.

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