In today’s society it seems as if what is ethical is up for debate. The line between right or wrong in some’s eyes is becoming thinner and thinner. However, looking through the eyes and ideology of John Stuart Mill , the line is drawn pretty clear in which there is no gray area. In Chapter 4 of John Stuart Mill’s “On Liberty”, Mill introduces ‘The Harm Principle’ in which an individual may act as they please, as long as it doesn’t harm others. Mill goes on to talk about certain acts such as self-
regarding and other regarding. Mill believes other-regarding acts that are bad are punishable while self-regarding bad
acts are disapproval legitimate. Mill also believe that although one may acts as they please, they must take care of their distinct and assignments to others. Failure to do so will result in punishment.
Earlier this year in March, a woman from the state of Arizona, Shanesha Taylor was arrested for leaving her two children in a hot car she went for a job interview. It was reported that Taylor left her children in the car for over an hour. She was later charged with felony abuse and would potentially face imprisonment. After her arrest, Taylor’s teary-eyed mugshot went viral, sparking huge conversation on her case as well as supporters from all over the country. Many petitioned for all charges to be dropped and an estimate of $114,000 has been raised on the single mother’s behalf. Homeless and living off of welfare, Taylor was in search for a better life for both her children and herself. Although she left her children unattended in a hot car, many people believe that Taylor’s acts should not be punished, because it seemed her overall goal was not to harm her children but rather care for them.