Opinion: Does The End Really Justify The Means?


One of the major political thinkers, philosopher and writer known to us is Niccolo Machiavelli. He is popular for the key phrase " The end justify the means". He is also regarded as father of politics. The question whether the end justifies the means depends on the kind of goal or end a person would like to accomplish and the means they use. If both the means and the end are similarly noble and good, there is no question because the ends are justified by the means. This is actually the stand I have chosen to take. Although, there are different views about this Machiavelli expression, I agree with the belief that both the end and the means should be good. For many individuals, it does not matter what means are being used as long as they get what they need to justify their ends by some form of means. It sometimes entails doing a wrong thing when attempting to achieve a good end. They justify the incorrect act by pointing to the outcome that was good. Most people put greater focus on what they want to achieve but pay little attention to what means to be used to justify their ends when doing a wrong thing and trying to reach positive result. The end justify the means... "It is better to be feared than loved, if you can't achieve both" - Niccolo Machiavelli. In political context of this essay, politicians may choose to employ every means available in order to achieve their aim. Such means may include violence, political betrayal, lobbying, to mention but a few. Recently, a politician dumped his party from which he was elected as a first term governor because the party refused him a second term ticket. He decamped to the opposition party in the state and was granted waiver to contest the party's primary which he later won. The funny part is, he will be competing against his former party (which he won his first term as a governor). Now, if he manages to win the gubernatorial election, then his aim is accomplished. The end indeed, justifies the means. So, if a leader does what it takes to win power and keep it, his method will always be reckoned with and widely praised. I think it is difficult to judge this statement (the end justify the means), it depends on situation from our point of view and our behavior, if this statement will have a good or bad meaning. We must in our minds consider how to resolve problems without hurting other people. In conclusion, we are all but human who err most of the time. The values that we have as humans are what make us humans. Any means we use which violates our perception of morals and righteousness can never justify the end or the goals no matter how worthy they may seem to be. Comrade God'swill Ehomanyin. ©2021.

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