This paper describes the ethical arguments presented by Socrates and Dr. King and explaining what the arguments imply about each one’s sense of ethical obligation explain how the arguments are similar or different from each other.
When do the problems of society become the concern of the individual? What, precisely, creates a moral imperative for individuals to engage in protest about causes that do not directly affect them? In the United States, there is currently a debate over whether or not the military should increase its presence in Iraq, with the ostensible goal of increasing order, or start decreasing its presence and leave the Iraqis to determine their own security. For many individuals, the course that the government has chosen thus far has been so offensive, that they are actively protesting the war, and the governments actions. For many others, the debate is still going on in their minds as to whether or not it would be right to protest; for still others, the war question has not reached sufficient priority to spur them to social action.