Loyaltiy

Communications
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Ian stole $4,000 in cash from an armored car. After stealing the money, Ian stopped by his friend Carol's house. Ian told Carol that he stole the money before driving away to hide from the police.

Within hours of Ian leaving, the police were at Carol's door asking what she knows about Ian, where Ian might be, and what she knows about the robbery

Should Carol turn Ian in? Is she loyal to Ian if she turns him in? Would not turning Ian in be a vice, an excess of loyalty?

Aug 15th, 2015

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Ian stole money from an armored car and then asked his friend to hide him. It is morally right to turn Ian in, because even if she is loyal to him, it is doing the right thing. Her loyalty for her friend as well as her own ethics could tell her that he needs help telling between right and wrong, and turning him in will help see right from wrong. 

An excess of loyalty would come from not turning in her friend; this goes beyond loyalty. It goes beyond loyalty once one crosses a line of what is morally right or wrong. 

In summary, if she believes that stealing is wrong and knows her friend needs help, she is staying loyal to him by helping him. At the end of the day, being loyal to someone is having an allegiance to someone, or staying by their side. She 'stays by his side' is she turns him in to help him rediscover ethics and morals. 

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Aug 15th, 2015

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