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Moral Imperatives Right or Wrong When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it but that it is a moral imperative that we have it then is when we join the fashionable madmen and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land and then is when we are in bad trouble Joan Didion Often times we are faced with situations or questions where we are made to choose a certain path or specific answer Depending on which alternative you choose your answer or choice is most certainly based on whether you are being moral or not Sometimes you a forced to make the decision that you normally would not make This is Joan Didions idea called Wagon Train morality In the essays by Glaspell and Ellison the character or characters are faced moral imperatives that might not be PC or commonly accepted but to the person at that particular moment their choice seems right In the essay by Harlan Ellison we are taught of a man that does not conform with the society he lives He is called a Harlequin which defined in Websters Dictionary means buffoon for this He cavorts plays jokes and wreaks havoc on this society that is based on time and not being late He was known at the top and at the bottom of the ladder from the upper class to the very lowest class What he was doing to that society was wrong to most people but to himself and few others he was right In his own mind his decisions were moral and just He wanted to throw off the time track that was set in stone This was his moral obligation to society I mean gheeez the man used one hundred and fifty thousand dollars worth of jellybeans to help achieve his goal To
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