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Critical Thinking and Ethics Essay

  • Submitted by: JettaRyder1
  • on August 17, 2015
  • Category: College Admissions
  • Length: 846 words

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Critical Thinking and Ethics
By Aaron Winder

What is critical thinking? By definition it means the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. I remember when critical thinking meant life and death to me. In 2009 I was in the army and had been deployed to Mosul, Iraq. The date was June 17th, the temperature   was nearing 117 degrees. My platoon was ordered to conduct a patrol near an old bridge where there were reports of improvised explosive device materials being held. The vehicles we used were maxx pro mraps so my gunners hatch was about 14ft in the air. As we were approaching the east side of the bridge my platoon sergeant noticed a man was knelt down near the top of the bridge behind one of the columns. He immediately called the convoy to a halt using the platoon radio. I could see the   man’s face only when I peared around the column to look at our convoy. My platoon sergeant ordered me to shout to the man and motion with my hands for him to move from behind the column but the man remained still. The convoy sat motionless for about 2 minutes but it felt more like 2 hours, the man was still knelt down not moving from behind the columns, my platoon sergeant had a decision to make. Do we proceed and move in closer to see what the man was doing or do we back up to a safer distance and radio for assistance?, he asked the driver. I spoke up saying I would feel better if we backed up, being the gunner I’m more exposed than anyone else since the top of my body is essentially out of the vehicle at all times, but the decision wasn’t mines to make. My platoon sergeant decides to move the convoy farther back to give us more distance (we were only about 200ft from the man). Just as my platoon sergeant makes the call to back up over the radio,the man emerges from behind the column with what looked like two champagne bottles in his hands and hurls them towards my...

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