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Eric, 45, is married to Joanne, 43, and they have three teenage children. Generally speaking, they have a pretty good marriage, except for their sex life. although they both know it is poor, they don't dicuss it very often. Over a period of several months Joanne notices a change in Eric, and finally asks him if there's anything wrong. Eric blurts out that he is in love with another woman with whom he's had an affair for several months. Joanne is so angry and hurt that she immediatley demands that he leaves the house and states that she wants a divorce. They both refuse to seek help from marriage counselors, and eventually the divorce ensues at a great emotional cost to Eric, Joanne, and their three children. Was what eric did moral? Why, or why not? Do you fell Joanne handled his adultery well or not? Why, or why not? Should Eric have told her? Why, or why not?

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Let's start with Eric. Did Eric act in a moral way? In order to answer this question, we must consider what morality is all about. Morality has to do with a system of rules that govern human behaviour in a way that promotes the best for others. And what is that system of morality that we shall evaluate Eric's actions upon?

There is a universal system of morality that spans all religions. It can be summed up well in the old adage, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." This is very simple to understand. When we act morally, we act in a way that promotes the benefit of others. So, we ask the question, did ...

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Morality and adultery issues are studied in this case.

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