BP #9 Murder and Utilitarianism

Drug use and abuse is extremely prevalent on college campuses these days. Recently, a Florida State student, Austin Harrouff, was charged with two counts of second-degree murders and the attempted murder of another man that tried to help the older couple that were murdered. The police that showed up at the scene of the crime said that Horrouff was, “exposing abnormal strength, peeling off some of his clothes, making guttural sounds, fighting with law enforcement, [and] not stopping when a tremendous amount of energy was expended by the deputies.” Furthermore, the suspect was witnessed biting and removing flesh from the victims faces and chests. It was later connected that Harrouff was under the influence of a drug named flakka, which is similar to bath salts.

I feel like this is an example that can be related to utilitarianism. Utilitarianism views an action right or wrong based off of the consequences of such action. The right action is one that is optimific; meaning, the greatest balance of good and bad consequences, and benefiting the most people.

What occurred in the situation described in the article would be seen as wrong and immoral in an utilitarianism point of view. First off, I highly doubt Harrough took the drug flakka not knowing the effects it has on you; such as, extreme paranoia, psychosis, and the other things that come along with those that are listed above. A person experiencing these sorts of emotions and effects is not good for everybody around them, therefore not meeting utilitarianism requirement of benefiting most people. Him feeling this way led him to murder other people which once again does not fit with utilitarianism by having poor consequences outweighing the good and not benefiting others.      So, before taking a drug that alters your own actions, you need be impartial and think about others around you and how they might be affected by your actions.



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