During one of our general English classes, some of our students chose from a selection of quotes on ethics and gave presentations on them. This is the fantastic written result!

“Science brings society to the next level; ethics keep us there.” – Dr. Hal Simeroth.

We would like to draw your attention to a controversial fact. Astonishingly enough, Japan is one of the world’s heaviest consumers of nuclear power despite having faced the horror of the atomic bomb.

Nuclear power is just one of the outcomes of scientific research which can be used in both a ruinous way or a fruitful way.

As Dr. Hal Simeroth said, science brings society to the next level but ethics keep us there. It can also be said that we need to strike a balance between what we can do and what we should do.

What is commonly thought today is that scientists and philosophers are two kinds that never meet. However, this has not always been the case. For instance, in Ancient Greece, the Cradle of Civilization, knowledge was not split into different branches. Not until recent times, has science diverged from ethics. That’s why we are experiencing this dilemma nowadays.

So, maybe it could be necessary to take a step back in order to move forwards and always keep in mind that from great powers come great responsibility.

By Joel, Carlo and Marco

“A Friend to all is a friend to none.” – Aristotle.

I am honoured to be here today to share our insights on the subliminal but significant issue in society: ethics.

First of all, I would like to introduce myself. I am currently studying philosophy at Oxford University. Such is the extent of my interest that I decided to do research outside of university. Whilst researching the roots of ethics, I came across a quote from the ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, that stood out to me. It was this quote that inspired me to prepare my speech.

About 2500 years ago, Aristotle knew the human mind in such incredible depth that he was aware of the conflicts ethic questions caused. It seems as if it’s only today that society rediscovers the value of Aristotle’s work.

Don’t we all know people that are eager to please where and whenever they can, not realising that their technique is prone to failure? Aristotle certainly knew people that fit this description. Evidence for this lies within the quote: “A friend to all is a friend to none.”

A person that constantly changes their behaviour in order to please their opponent is not able to form a true friendship with anyone. It’s not fundamentally wrong to want to appeal to  everyone but it’s simply not feasible. Little can anyone expect to be accepted if they never show their true self but agree with what is said. Unfortunately, a friendship can’t survive as long as trust and honesty are not at its core.

As a conclusion, you can say that it is more important to have a handful of friends than a plethora of untrustworthy acquaintances.

By Janina, Lea and Jantje