Ethical Pyramid on the Issue of Gambling


Chapter 5
Construct an Ethical Pyramid
The pyramid can be on any topic from chapter 5

Pollock, J.M. (2013) Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice…S


Ethical Pyramid on the Issue of Gambling

Gambling is a form of addiction that affects one’s individual financial stability and more so that of his/her family. It is considered immoral to spend money set aside for essential and basic needs on gambling pleasures at the expense of the welfare of one’s family. Over time the vice becomes a debilitating problem, albeit one that the victim considers normal. Ordinarily, children should be provided with security by their parents, and most of it takes the form of financial stability. It is on this basis that basic rights like education, health, education and nutrition can be safeguarded. The spending of money budgeted for family needs on gambling and betting is sure to create a strain on the provision of these basic requirements, thereby lowering the quality of life for the affected individuals. Parents should be good role models to their children by teaching them ethical systems through which they are discouraged from engaging in morally unacceptable activities such as gambling which are set to cause other family-related and social difficulties such as theft, divorce, and poverty.


Moreover, families, societies, and individuals alike must be able to protect their financial stability and freedom. This is attained through hard work and proper social organization for future safety and continuity, and not through gambling. In family contexts, protection offered to children creates confidence among them thereby rendering them capable of facing other situations with courage, creativity and innovation. Thus, shunning gambling contributes to the establishment of a society that is grounded on ethics.

Finally, everyone in society needs to be productive and to actually engage in activities that are beneficial to the self, family, and the wider community. Each person should be able to work and exercise their skills as well as utilize the available resources prudently in order to promote a working and goal-oriented culture. Gambling threatens these ideals by eroding financial prudence, thus, it is bad. The diagram shows an ethical pyramid representing the above moral discussion. Its findings are consistent with both ethical formalism (through motive) and utilitarianism (through consequence of actions).


Pollock, Joycelyn. Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Crimina Justice. Belmont: Wadsworth 2013. Print.

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