For this assignment read the following post from another group, once you have read you need to come up with a counterargument.
YOUR STANCE ON THIS ARGUMENT IS AS FOLLOWS- Deceiving others is not morally objectionable when doing so serves the interest of one’s own nation-state.
The group’s stand is as follows- Deceiving others is morally objectionable even if it serves the interests of one’s own nation-state.
This is their argument: Deception is an inevitable part of human nature, and it can be a helpful tool when used prudently. However, deception can be morally objectionable when used to harm others or gain a personal or national advantage. Deceiving is ethically reprehensible when it serves the interests of one’s nation-state because it infringes on the rights of other citizens and countries and often relies on the unfair exploitation of vulnerable individuals and communities. When deceiving is used to harm others, it disregards their rights and interests. Individuals and nations can use deception to gain power and resources for themselves by manipulating others. This unfair exploitation of people and resources is morally wrong and should not be tolerated. Deceiving can also be used to spread false information, undermining trust and damaging relationships between people and nations. Deceiving is also morally wrong because it can lead to an atmosphere of fear, misunderstanding, distrust, and suspicion, which can ultimately lead to further conflicts and violence. Deceiving can also lead to a lack of understanding between people and nations, which can cause tensions and divisions.
Deception is normally viewed to be both unethical and risky. Many scenarios and events create reasons why deception is morally objectionable. However, deception is sometimes needed to protect one’s feelings or thoughts for the betterment of persons or entities involved. There are altruistic lies of deception in which misleading statements help someone else and benevolent deception is intended to benefit both the person being lied to and ourselves (Staff, 2021).
There are times when deception is able to help prevent feelings from being hurt and potentially set a person further back. An example of deception through benevolence is when one colleague is mentoring a new employee. The new employee is nervous and stumbles in a speech, therefore, in order to not be too honest and set the new employee back and preserve his feelings, the mentor expresses to the new employee that he did a good job and schedules time to provide more honest feedback, such as relaxation techniques (Staff, 2021). Pon staff reveals that adults are deceitful roughly 20% of every day in their social interactions from the Bella M. DePaulo research. In times of crisis in the country, we live in an environment where the government may be deceitful in order to protect the public from panic and/or chaos.
From an international standpoint, people sometimes believe that serving the interests of one’s own nation-state is a justifiable reason to deceive. Deception is usually used for getting some hidden information, but there is a problem with deception. Since deception usually relies on unfair exploitation, this is morally objectionable. Even though it potentially serves the interests of one’s own nation-state, hiding something from someone and lying to get a specific piece of information is unethical. The primary reason why deception is morally objectionable is that it can potentially harm people. No matter what the reasons are, harming people is always morally wrong. Every human has rights, and deception disregards those rights.
In conclusion, deceiving is morally wrong because of the potential harm it can cause to those it is used against. It disregards their rights, ignores their interests, and relies on unfair exploitation and manipulation. It can also lead to further conflicts and violence and undermines trust and understanding between people and nation-states. Even when serving the interests of a nation-state, deceiving others is morally objectionable.