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If a goal is worthy, then any means taken to attain it are justifiable.Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting yo

Essay topics: If a goal is worthy, then any means taken to attain it are justifiable.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.

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what the speaker is claiming is essentially that the ends justify the means in all circumstances. While I do acknowledge in certain regrettable situations this could be right, in general I believe the means must be restricted to avoid committing an even greater evil.

First, I do not want to exclude the possibility that in some cases the end is indeed worth all the wrongs made to attain it. this happens when the "good" side gets dragged into a bloody fight for life with its enemy, and for the sake of self-preservation, all means possible must be employed by the "good" side so that evil could not reign over all things. Of course this is an over-simplification, but the gist of the argument stands. In the course of the second world war, for instance, the allied forces had to bomb major German, Italian and Japanese cities to curb their productivity and spread fear, so that the war itself could be won. but since this is done to prevent genocides and despotic rules on a global scale, the evil can indeed be tolerated.

but in most cases where the survival of good and justice itself is not utterly threatened, fighting for a goal, not matter how noble, with no means of limits, is highly questionable. Just as Nietzsche says, stare at void for too long, and the void will stare back into you. In this endless pursuit for the good end, the people involved will lose their selves in all the wrong-doings, and end up becoming an evil themselves. indeed, many corrupt politicians went into politics to right what's wrong, and in this endeavor their true heart was devoured by the dirty practices they initially found themselves trapped in but later comfortable with.

Another reason why in general an end should not be pursued at all costs is that a sublime good to one group is not necessarily so to another, and what appears good now could be seen as pointless in the future. As the sphere of knowledge and perspective varies, the notion of good is altered too. As such, it seems rather naive to give up everything in exchange for a goal that might only be worth it to a certain group at present. genocide, as an obvious example, was widely accepted in some places in the early 20th century as a great good, and everyone alive now know what happened to this idea.

To sum up, what the speaker is proposing, despite more or less correct in a limited range of scenarios, is highly dangerous in general and should not be accepted as a universal canon: in the vast majority of cases, the cost of the means must be weighed against the good of the goal before a decision is made.

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Grammar and spelling errors:
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Suggestion: What
what the speaker is claiming is essentially ...
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Suggestion: But
...r, so that the war itself could be won. but since this is done to prevent genocides...
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Suggestion: But
... the evil can indeed be tolerated. but in most cases where the survival of goo...
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Suggestion: Indeed
...and end up becoming an evil themselves. indeed, many corrupt politicians went into pol...
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Suggestion: what's
...politicians went into politics to right whats wrong, and in this endeavor their true ...
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Suggestion: Genocide
...worth it to a certain group at present. genocide, as an obvious example, was widely acce...
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Transition Words or Phrases used:
but, first, if, second, so, while, for instance, in general, of course, in most cases, in some cases, more or less, to sum up

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 25.0 19.5258426966 128% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 13.0 12.4196629213 105% => OK
Conjunction : 17.0 14.8657303371 114% => OK
Relative clauses : 8.0 11.3162921348 71% => More relative clauses wanted.
Pronoun: 29.0 33.0505617978 88% => OK
Preposition: 64.0 58.6224719101 109% => OK
Nominalization: 4.0 12.9106741573 31% => More nominalizations (nouns with a suffix like: tion ment ence ance) wanted.

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2163.0 2235.4752809 97% => OK
No of words: 463.0 442.535393258 105% => OK
Chars per words: 4.6717062635 5.05705443957 92% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.63868890866 4.55969084622 102% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.72436327527 2.79657885939 97% => OK
Unique words: 251.0 215.323595506 117% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.54211663067 0.4932671777 110% => OK
syllable_count: 661.5 704.065955056 94% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.4 1.59117977528 88% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 3.0 6.24550561798 48% => OK
Article: 5.0 4.99550561798 100% => OK
Subordination: 5.0 3.10617977528 161% => OK
Conjunction: 9.0 1.77640449438 507% => Less conjunction wanted as sentence beginning.
Preposition: 7.0 4.38483146067 160% => OK

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 16.0 20.2370786517 79% => Need more sentences. Double check the format of sentences, make sure there is a space between two sentences, or have enough periods. And also check the lengths of sentences, maybe they are too long.
Sentence length: 28.0 23.0359550562 122% => The Avg. Sentence Length is relatively long.
Sentence length SD: 63.1896945712 60.3974514979 105% => OK
Chars per sentence: 135.1875 118.986275619 114% => OK
Words per sentence: 28.9375 23.4991977007 123% => OK
Discourse Markers: 7.8125 5.21951772744 150% => OK
Paragraphs: 5.0 4.97078651685 101% => OK
Language errors: 6.0 7.80617977528 77% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 7.0 10.2758426966 68% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 7.0 5.13820224719 136% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 2.0 4.83258426966 41% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.0748442024974 0.243740707755 31% => The similarity between the topic and the content is low.
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0253146729039 0.0831039109588 30% => Sentence topic similarity is low.
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0245789595745 0.0758088955206 32% => Sentences are similar to each other.
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.0423541941733 0.150359130593 28% => Maybe some paragraphs are off the topic.
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0240275115366 0.0667264976115 36% => Paragraphs are similar to each other. Some content may get duplicated or it is not exactly right on the topic.

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 15.0 14.1392134831 106% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 59.98 48.8420337079 123% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 7.92365168539 111% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 11.8 12.1743820225 97% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 10.4 12.1639044944 85% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.47 8.38706741573 101% => OK
difficult_words: 101.0 100.480337079 101% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 14.5 11.8971910112 122% => OK
gunning_fog: 13.2 11.2143820225 118% => OK
text_standard: 15.0 11.7820224719 127% => OK
What are above readability scores?

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Rates: 16.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 1.0 Out of 6
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