Ethics and the Law Aren't Always on the Same Page
In an Oct. 4 letter, John Gross wondered if he had failed Logic 101 because he couldn't understand how something could "be ethical but illegal."
Four words: Rosa Parks, bus seat.
John Gross asked, "Can something be ethical but illegal?"
The answer is yes, and here are two examples: Helping slaves to escape their legal owners in mid-19th century America and refusing to testify against friends during the McCarthy hearings.
And what about using marijuana to ease the suffering of cancer patients?
Perhaps a philosophy course along with the Logic 101 class that Mr. Gross referred to would help us all to better understand the relationship of ethics and the law.
RONALD F. BALAZIK