Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"Thank You for Smoking" - Decision Dillema of Nick Naylor

Have you ever watch the movie "Thank you for Smoking" by Fox Searchlight Pictures, directed by Jason Reitman?

If yes, then it's time to put Nick's situation in your shoes.

“Thank You for Smoking”

Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor. Source: http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Thank-You-For-Smoking-thank-you-for-smoking-547321_1024_768.jpg

            In the movie “Thank You for Smoking”, the lobbyist in the name of Nick Naylor is in the verge of choosing to either let his son smoke by the legal age of 18 years old or not. This question is indeed obvious when Senator Finistirre ask Naylor before a Senate Committee hearing on cigarettes. Regarding this situation, there are relevant facts that need to be considered. Mr. Nick Naylor, the chief spokesperson and lobbyist in behalf of the big cigarette companies, is the Vice President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies in which the purpose is to research the nature of cigars and the information obtained are used by huge cigarette companies to defend themselves against anti-tobacco groups. For Nick Naylor, regarding social factors, his job also includes the pressure on being a good father for his son. He needs to prove to anyone else that he can nurture his son to be a competent adult. For political factors, if Nick answers that he let his son Joey smoke by the legal age of 18, his son will be exposed on the underlying dangers of smoking cigarettes. The stakeholders involved in the situation are Nick Naylor, his son Joey Naylor, and the ex-wife Jill.

            Given the stated facts, Nick Naylor has three possible options to choose from. The first option is to let Joey smoke cigars. The first option is indeed correct in accordance with the rights principle in which an individual like Joey is entitled to make decisions once he reached the legal age of 18. The rights principles specify that a person is permitted to do such actions as a mean to develop their capacity to do crucial decisions for themselves. In other words, Joey is entitled to be independent and is a fully competent adult at the age of 18 considering the norms in the United States. The second option is never let Joey smoke. Such decision is based on the utilitarianism principle in which it stipulates that the rightness of action was the basis and the sum total benefits produced by the act is greater than the total benefits produced. In this case, cigars do more harm than good considering that the additives like tobacco, nicotine and other composition of a cigarette is addictive at the same time, destructive to the organs. The third option comes to a compromise. Mr. Naylor will let his son aware of the dangers of smoking at the same time giving him the liberty of doing decisions as it was governed by virtual ethics principle wherein it determines the rightness or wrongness of an action by examining the kind of nature or character tends to produce.. That will make Joey decide for himself, but with the awareness and knowledge of the harmful effects of smoking, Nick’s son is indeed sure in making a right decision which is to not to smoke at all.

            The best option regarding the statements aforementioned is to do a compromise. It will benefit Joey giving him the freedom to do decisions at the same time let him aware of the dangers of smoking. Joey as a competent adult will surely make Nick Naylor proud of his son considering that Joey’s known expertise in reasoning is derived from him. Jill Naylor will be happy for Joey for being a good son to her. To do a compromise is in fact the most morally and ethically thing to do.
Source: http://orig11.deviantart.net/fe0f/f/2013/289/3/8/thank_you_for_smoking_folder_icon_by_alacazain-d6qo05k.png



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