A System of Moral Decision Making
By natural instinct, humans will do what is best for them. A good example of an argument that claims certain characteristics are either part of, or not part of, human nature, is the argument between gay/lesbian community and religious people. A lot of gays and lesbians argue that they can't help who they are because it's been scientifically proven that their sexual preference is wired in their genes.
Hedges is not entirely fixed to his thesis that war is a force that gives us meaning because even though he argues that meaning in life depends on experiencing extreme sensations, we can see him suggesting that it's not a war that provides the meaning, and the strength of social connections among the soldiers, but love. He implies that soldiers see themselves in each other and fight not for the honor of their country but for their comrades which are a demonstration of concern and love "but love, in its mystery, has its own power it alone gives us meaning that endures. It alone allows us to embrace and cherish life" (Hedges, 184-5), therefore his true argument is that love is the force that gives and us meaning. However, there is a sharp contrast of Beah experiences of the war in a dream where he avenged the death of his family and was later convinced that it wasn't his fault since he was forced by circumstances to act as he did.
Capitalism also plays a major role in designing a system of moral decision making eg The constant unrest in resource-rich countries can be related to capitalism because in order for it to survive there has to be rich and poor countries and upper and lower classes within those countries. The rich western countries tend to feed on the unrest that is happening in the poorer nations. Throughout history, Western industrial countries conquer weaker states that had something of use to them. In order to maintain control and influence over the region, on multiple occasions, the West has placed leaders into positions of power and supported the overthrow of those that were not seen as favorable, just as we saw in Persepolis. As Stanwyck writes "Sierra Leone, Angola and the Ivory Coast are guaranteed to be funded, ensuring continued civil war and unstable government" and just as long as Western economies and powerful corporations such as DeBeers benefit, nothing is going to change. (Stanwyck, 3) In conclusion, we can safely assume that a system of moral decision making depends on 1)what an individual deems to be right in the context of what society teaches and approves an individual makes his decision.2)Circumstances bedeviling a person influence once decisions made eg. Beah concluded with the idea that he would kill the oppressor or the initiator so the war wouldn't continue. Since he believed that hatred and violence consume everything in our society, and he is very concerned about future generations especially children finally capitalism would also influence once the decision in an attempt to get ahead of the pack despite the fact that his decisions may not be morally upright.