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I have to make comments about what Krystine Munoz said below


Utilitarianism is the theory that actions are deemed “right” if they benefit the majority. Identifying as a lesbian, before coming out to my family and friends, I tried to mask my feelings for the same-sex. I forced myself to date men because I couldn’t fathom the thought of coming out to my family. Receiving backlash and possible abandonment was frightening and I didn’t want to put my family through the hardships of having a child who is gay.

In essence, I practiced utilitarianism because I believed being heterosexual would be better for the majority-- my family--, rather than deciding what was best for me. Mill’s principle of Utility states that an action is permissible if and only if there is no other action available to the agent that would have had better consequences. The choice to mask behind heterosexuality was not permissible because the consequences were presumed, rather than concrete. Fortunately, once I decided that it was my life and I deserved happiness, all the assumptions of abandonment and backlash disappeared, and my family was extremely accepting.

Bentham’s Felicific calculus is an algorithm that calculates the degree or amount of pleasure that a specific action is likely to cause. When applying it to my utilitarian moment, the intensity of the pleasure was not intense at all and the duration didn’t last. I was uncertain about my choice and so forth. My family was effected, however the tension, resentfulness and lying subsided once I was true to myself.

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Utilitarianism is considered a moral theory which describes the attribute of actions and
their effects. The morality of actions can be either right, which will lead to happiness or can be
wrong and can lead to sadness or the opposite of joy. The theory was elaborated by Mill, who
explained that people have the mandate of choosing the right or wrong actions based on moral
standards. Also, the application of the theory in human activities tends to reflect how humans
should interact (Mill, 2016). For instance, people must choose the right actions as a way of
making individuals in the surrounding happy. The theory reflects the justification of how an
action could bring the utmost happiness to the people around an individual and the consequences
of the action. The...

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