| I must have played the two missions in a row that struck me as big ethical issues. The first was then I was told by Officer Tenpenny to set fire to a rival gang's house. Little did I know there was a woman in there on the second story. The cops' blackmailing of CJ naturally led him to set fire to the house, it was a "win/win" situation for him. But going into it, I didn't even foresee anyone else being in the house.|
This shows a lack of ethical decision on both CJ (Or, I suppose, me) and the cops, as neither considered the consequences of the situation. Talk about ethical egoism. It doesn't even seem like this act was helping the community as a whole, but rather exercising Tenpenny's powertrip.
The second mission that struck me was when I was forced into killing some Ballas at a funeral. Naturally, they were all strapped and ready to fight back, but in a place that is considered sacred, it's unjust to fight people at their weakest moment. You could tell, however, that CJ didn't resonate with this plan. He was reluctant when speaking to his brother about it. This is probably the first shred of morality that CJ shows. In the end, he ends up going with and killing the funeral's attendees, but at this point, you notice some dissonance between the lengths that his brother is willing to go to, and CJ's.
Overall, San Andreas is full of a crowd of misled individuals who have turned to violence to solve their problems. Ironically, if all of the gangs were to ban together against the corrupt police force, no one would be able to stand in their way. This is a form of blind ethical egoism in a sense. Everyone is out for themselves and unable to see the big picture. But with little knowledge of gangs and their workings, I'm not particularly the best person to judge this fictional situation. I'm ust thankful that I don't live in a situation like CJs.
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