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# The attitude that it is all right to do what harms no one but oneself

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The attitude that it is all right to do what harms no one but oneself is usually accompanied by a disregard for the actual interdependence of people. Destroying one’s own life or health means not being available to help family members or the community; it means, instead, absorbing the limited resources of the community for food, health services, and education without contributing fully to the community.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the view expressed?

A. The cost of avoidable accidents and illnesses raises health insurance rates for everyone.

B. Harm to one person can result in an indirect benefit, such as the availability of work in heal-related fields, to others.

C. Life would be dull if it were necessary to abstain from all of the minor pleasures that entail some risk of harm to a person who indulges in them.

D. The contribution a person makes to the community cannot be measured by that person’s degree of health.

E. The primary damage caused by the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and unauthorized drugs is done to the person who uses those substances.

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08 Jun 2018, 10:23
Only d strengthens the idea reflected in the passage
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08 Jun 2018, 10:35
IMO the answer should be B. Only this talks about the interdependancy aspect pointed out in the argument.
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A. The cost of avoidable accidents and illnesses raises health insurance rates for everyone. ( I'm holding this because it talks about someone's negligence pressurizing everybody)

B. Harm to one person can result in an indirect benefit, such as the availability of work in heal-related fields, to others. ( This kinda opposes. The said theory is that one person is not contributing fully to the society and absorbs the limited health services but here it is said as if it is a boon.)

C. Life would be dull if it were necessary to abstain from all of the minor pleasures that entail some risk of harm to a person who indulges in them. (This weakens the conclusion or out of context)

D. The contribution a person makes to the community cannot be measured by that person’s degree of health. (weakens the conclusion)

E. The primary damage caused by the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and unauthorized drugs is done to the person who uses those substances. (yes, that is already stated as harming themselves. No extra info or this doesn't strengthen)

Hence Option A.
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08 Jun 2018, 11:45
Only A reflects the idea stated in the statement.
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08 Jun 2018, 23:20
Bunuel wrote:
The attitude that it is all right to do what harms no one but oneself is usually accompanied by a disregard for the actual interdependence of people. Destroying one’s own life or health means not being available to help family members or the community; it means, instead, absorbing the limited resources of the community for food, health services, and education without contributing fully to the community.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the view expressed?

A. The cost of avoidable accidents and illnesses raises health insurance rates for everyone.

B. Harm to one person can result in an indirect benefit, such as the availability of work in heal-related fields, to others.

C. Life would be dull if it were necessary to abstain from all of the minor pleasures that entail some risk of harm to a person who indulges in them.

D. The contribution a person makes to the community cannot be measured by that person’s degree of health.

E. The primary damage caused by the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and unauthorized drugs is done to the person who uses those substances.

A.
Argument - harm to one/some, affects (NEGATIVELY) all
Only option A talks on those lines
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pr3mk5 You asked for my input here, and I agree with you about A.

The viewpoint expressed, in short, is that hurting one's own life or health has negative effects on other people. We are asked to strengthen this argument. Only A gives us what we are looking for: new information about how hurting one's own life or health has negative effects on other people.
Everything else weakens the argument in some way.
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