Moral Character: "Good" or "Bad"

Moral character can be defined "of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior." Moral character is often a way to evaluate a person. Since the beginning of time, there has been this idea of categorizing something as "good" or "bad." Who gets to choose what defines a certain person or event as "good" or "bad"? This exhibit displays controversial people and events. Some may believe these people and events are "good" and some may believe they are "bad". 

"I began to collect material for a book called The Day the World Ended." Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle discusses events that took place on August 6, 1945, specifically, the day the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The title of the book-to-be displays the intense emotions this event brought about. Science in the book, is described as something evil. Science was obviously used to create the atomic bomb that killed over 350,000 people. Science in that aspect would be considered "bad". Many people would not agree with the idea that science is bad. In the world today Science has benefited our health and knowledge which both could be considered "good".
This depicts someone worshiping. Religion also plays a huge role in Cat's Cradle. Bokononism is a religion that is solely based on lies. On page 265, Bokonon states, "Don't be fools! Close this book at once! It is nothing but a foma!" Fomas, of course, are lies. Since the day we are born we are taught to be honest. The fact that Bokononism is based on lies would be considered "bad". Despite it being based on lies, Bokononism brings much of the people joy and happiness, which would be considered "good".
Graffiti is a way for one to escape reality and express themselves. The people in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, also have a way to escape reality. It's called the Metaverse. On page 36 he says, "If you're ugly you can make your avatar pretty." The metaverse is a way for people to escape reality and be who they really want to be. Some people would say this is a "good" thing while others would believe that everyone should be happy with the way god made them. These people would probably consider using the Metaverse to be someone else to be "bad".
This olympic athlete displays power. Power can be defined as "the ability to influence the behaviors of others." In Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, power plays a major role. Hiro Protagonist fears the power the Mafia has over him because it makes him realize how powerless he really is compared to a large group like such. The power of the Mafia can be seen on page 17 when Hiro feels an immense sense of relief when he realizes his pizza will be delivered on time. "His heart expands to twice it's normal size. Tears come to his eyes. He may live." Everyone can agree that there is not much better than a promptly delivered pizza, however, the way the Mafia handles their power is "bad".
This piece of work, to me, displays happiness. The bright and vibrant colors represent peace and positivity. An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect is known as a Utopia. The word was first used in the book Utopia written by Sir Thomas More. In this book, the Utopian society is discussed. This so-called perfect society seems like a good idea, however, it is very unrealistic. This picture represents the happiness the world would feel from a Utopian society. The peace this society would bring about is a "good" thing. On page 45, the manner of life in the Utopian society was discussed. "Agriculture is that which is so universally understood among them that no person, either man or woman is ignorant of it." To think that every person would want to understand and practice agriculture is unrealistic and a bit controlling. Not every person was the same interests and to force anything upon someone is not ethically correct. This would be considered "bad".
This picture depicts wolves greedily fighting over a dead buffalo's body. In Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, the town of Personville is taken over by corruption and greed. It a society of greed, ethics no longer are considered. On page 117, the Continental Op says, "It's right enough for the Agency to have rules and regulations, but when you're out on a job you've got to do it the best way you can. And anybody that brings any ethics to Poisonville is going to get them all rusty." The Continental Op does everything to meet his goal over cleaning up the city, even if that means committing unethical crimes of his own. It is "good" that the Continental Op is doing everything in his power to meet his goal and help the city, however, committing crimes and disregarding ethics is considered "bad".
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