Numbers And Morals Essay

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Numbers and Morals
We learn that any argument is stronger by numbers than without the numbers. If the numbers and percentages are inappropriate, we are automatically reacting against the causes, and if it is not, we wait for the time that it is. Dose we make a correct choice when our decision affected by numbers that come from market and economics researches. Are we free to choose what is right? Dose market brings to us freedom as the Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher believe “that markets, not government, held the key to prosperity and freedom?”(Sandel 6) Are we supposed to consider moral values in our market solutions or not? It is undeniable the power of the numbers. Currently, numbers explain everything and it is handiest tools that humans have invited so far. We can see that every advanced civilization have been powered by advance numbers system by tracking the number's history. Moreover, it penetrates in every decision that human makes; about every aspect of life such as science, economy, business, health, etc. However, sometimes we forget that the numbers only explain the situation. They do not show the decisions we must make. Make a decision is not only based on marketing gains and losses. Sometimes it works, but there are moments that making decision based on numbers are not the best choices. According to Sandel “we have to decide how to value the goods in question—health, education, family, life, nature, art, civic duties, and so on. These are moral and political questions, not merely economic ones. To resolve them, we have to debate, case by case, the moral meaning of these goods and the proper way of valuing them.”(Sandel 10) For example, when it comes to make a decision about health problems, most people do not like to see government like the marketers make a decision based on numbers. They like government makes choices based on moral judgments not based on market solution and economic gains and losses.
For example, it is logical to agree that the smoking is not good for our health. In last decade, a numerous research and reports show that smoking is cause of many health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and asthma. People are complaining against smoking and put pressure on lawmakers to prohibit smoking. Now, we have laws that protect our society from smoking affects. Also, we have many organizations that fight against smoking. It seems a great victory for society. However, when we look deeper, we are able to see clearly the real motivation behind those lows and acts. The dangers of smoking are known to us for many years. It discovered by scientists on 1950. The real question is why it takes so long, almost 50 years, to take action against smoking and what had changed during those 50 years. The answer ties to marketing and economies predicted numbers. For many years, the Tobacco Industry uses its marketing power to cover those studies that discuss the relation between health problems and smoking. They were using the facts...

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