Excuses Essay, Research Paper

While I was sitting here thinking about this paper, many thoughts

went through my mind or many excuses not to do this paper.

Thoughts like, I’m tiered I just want to go to sleep, I’ll just

not go to class tomorrow and thoughts like trying to lie my way

out of it, knowing that I shouldn’t even be thinking that way.

This example of the way I was thinking is not a substantial

excuse. A excuse is the concept that under certain circumstances,

people can be excused from certain actions. Do I agree with it?

Yes I do. I believe there is a lot of unforeseen circumstances in

this world.

In today’s day and time we make up a lot of excuses. Me

sitting here making up reasons not to do this paper, probably

goes through a lot of students heads everyday. I also feel that

something that is controlled, like setting down time to study for

a test or to read a chapter of homework to get ahead, then not

doing it because you don’t feel like it, does not make up a

substantial excuse.

There are four different reasons why we excuse some actions

in everyday life. Excusable ignorance of consequences,

Constraints, uncontrollable circumstances, and lack of


Excusable ignorance of consequences is all about unfavorable

consequences or that the person couldn’t reasonably have known

how to prevent the consequences. For example, today when you buy

prescription drugs there are labels on the bottle telling you

what not to do while you are taking these drugs. For example the

great, don’t operate heavy machinery or to the odds ones,

prolonged exposure to sunlight might cause drowsiness. Back 20-

30 years ago doctors probably didn’t know what side effects drugs

had on you so therefore they shouldn’t be held responsible.

Not knowing how to prevent bad consequences we foresee may

also excuse a person from a certain action. For example, if your

standing on line at a movie theater and the person next to you

goes into cardiac arrest and you don’t know what to do, you cant

be held accountable for what happens to that person.

When something comes down to a situation that you cant

control it is called a Constraint. A constraint may be either

external or internal. External constraint refers to outside

factors. Like when a bank teller is held up at gun point and is

forced to hand over his or here’s money. This is a action against

will. Of course the bank teller did not want to give up the

money, but he or she had not choice.

Internal constraint comes from inside rather than from

someone else. Craving, impulses, desire, urges are all examples

of internal constraints. Somebody that has a disorder like a

kleptomaniac really cannot be held responsible for shoplifting.

But yet we would blame a robber who carefully orchestrated the

robbery of a bank while feeling no inner compulsion to carry out

the plan. Similarly, we would blame a patients who throw

destructive and disruptive temper tantrums while fully in control

of their actions.

Uncontrollable circumstances are basically self expiatory.

When, in our estimation, the circumstances of an act are beyond

the person’s control, we generally excuse the behavior. There are

many circumstantial excuses that we readily accept as right.

Illness, accidents, and unexpected duties are typical cases. For

example you cannot blame a employee for being late due to traffic

from a car accident. He or she couldn’t control the traffic so

there is no way he or she could be blamed.

Ordinarily, we excuse actions when we think that people lack

either the ability or the opportunity to do the right act. if a

man can’t swim, we wouldn’t blame him or her for not jumping into

the pool to save a drowning child. Although we might blame him

for not getting help or throwing something in for the child.

Similarly, if the man could swim but failed to save the child

because he saw her only when it was too late, he lacked the

opportunity to save the child. Therefore we cannot hold him


Excusably is something that has a very thin line between

right and wrong. I do believe that there are many cases in life

that you do not hold responsibility for. Those are just mere

examples of situations that happen in everyday life, that you

have no control of. I feel a lot of people these days use excuses

way to much in life. I will admit that excuses are very easy to

come by in everyday life but the strong willed will prevail. I

feel I am a very strong person mentally. if I wasn’t I wouldn’t

be here writing this paper.

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