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Umich honors college essay

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Date Created: 08/05/16
Courtney Lepine UM ID: 60769203 Prompt: Waiting in line is a part of life—from the DMV to the supermarket checkout. It is possible, in certain situations, to pay someone else to stand in line for you. Discuss the ethical ramifications of ‘buying out of the queue’. (question inspired by the 2015 Honors Summer Read: What Money Can’t Buy, by Michael J. Sandel) In theAmerican economy, citizens earn money and that money can be used to purchase any legal goods or services that they desire. Our economic state has been in this infinite cycle for centuries; money is earned and spent through the exchange of goods and services. How Americans spend and earn this money is up to them. The free will of the people is a distinguishing quality of this country. Standing in line, while a nuisance, is a common occurrence. It is, however, within the rights of the people to pay for this nuisance to be eliminated. By paying another person to stand in line for you, you are merely exercising your right to legally spend your money on anything you desire. While waiting helps people develop patience, a necessary characteristic, paying someone to wait in line at the supermarket does not completely obliterate all waiting in life. While a person may utilize their hard-earned money for this purpose, they will still have to wait for some things. You cannot pay a doctor to speed up a pregnancy, nor can you use money to make the time before a vacation pass more quickly. Therefore, the virtue of patience is not a foreign concept to those who chose to pay others to wait in lines for them. Also, the person being paid to wait in line is not being forced to do so. This person is making the personal choice to provide this service in exchange for money. This is actually the best solution pertaining to long lines encountered in daily life. It would be ethically troublesome for a person to pay to cut the line, because that negatively affects others. By paying someone to wait in line for you, you are not adding time for others’waits. This transaction only affects you and the person you pay to wait in line for you. If a person has adequate funds to provide for this service regularly, and chooses to do so, then this is a worthy choice. It can be assumed that a person who volunteers to perform this task is not extremely wealthy. This transfer of funds, consequently, stimulates the economy. For you, the person paying to avoid waiting in line, this is spare money, since it can be assumed that a person who is struggling to pay rent will not spend their money to avoid waiting on line at the supermarket. It is probable that this spare money would remain in a bank account. Instead, this money is being given, in exchange for this service, to a person in need. The person waiting in line for you now has earned some extra money to spend. They may reinvest this money in small businesses in the community, stimulating the local economy. This may increase their overall standard of living, if this were a regular occurrence. If paying people to wait in line for you became a trend, it could make a real impact on the economy on a larger scale. This direct payment for the services would not only raise the standard of living for those participating directly in this transaction, but for others too. If this became a widespread phenomenon, more money would be spent by consumers, providing businesses with more income. Supplying businesses with more income allows companies to raise wages for employees, improving life for all workingAmericans. Paying a person to stand in line for you may an unusual way to spend money. While unusual, it is not morally deplorable. Those who pay others for this service are not immune to waiting in other aspects of life, so this transaction does not create a subset of incredibly impatient Americans. This relationship also does not cause any harm to others. No person also waiting in line at the DMV will wait for a longer period of time due to this transaction. This will only impact the two people involved, and both benefit from this. This transaction also stimulates the economy, improving life for everyone. While some may argue that patience is a virtue and it is not fair to pay others to wait in line for you, it is not at all ethically wrong, it is merely a choice that allAmericans have the right to make.


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