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THBT: On balance, Logan Paul should return to Japan to atone for his actions.

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Bella3sp
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On balance, Logan Paul should return to Japan to atone for his actions.

Round 1
Pro
#1
Origin Story

In December 2017, the content creator Logan Paul visited Japan with his friends. After having massively disrespected the culture by doing the following.:
  • Running around town screaming at pedestrians.
  • Assaulting people by throwing a toy at them.
  • Purchasing raw squid and fish, then waving it in people’s faces. Going into clothing stores and messing up the shirts. Then leaving the fish and squid on the back of a taxi vehicle. 
  • Walking into a store, buying a gameboy, and then throwing it on the ground.

Unfortunately, this is not the worst of it. On December 31st, Logan and his team went through Japan Suicide Forest and filmed the dead body of a suicide victim and was insensitive about a very serious matter, cracking jokes and laughing about it.


Logan Paul’s Cancellation

Within the start of the year 2018, many major businesses were dropping Logan’s brand because of the video that sparked controversy. People were calling out Logan Paul for his actions. 
Which led to him creating this apology video.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwZT7T-TXT0 
It got so bad that he had to step back from YouTube for a while because it was affecting his mental health. 

Redemption Arc

Logan Paul then created the following video on February 4th, 2018 where he reflected on his actions and announced he was donating money to plenty of charities for suicide prevention. This was the beginning of Logan’s redemption arc. Which would eventually start a permanent change in not just the man himself, but his content.


Logan Paul should return to Japan

  • If Logan is truly sincere about becoming a better person, he must return to right his wrongs.
  • Japan has a high suicide ratio, so he should use his wealth to lessen this.
  • Returning to Japan might be bad for his image at first, but would have the potential to show he is being authentic. 
Con
#2
Thanks Sir.Lancelot, 

Point
Case
In this case, I will be providing the following to support my burden: 
  • Logan Paul has already apologized, publicly, so going back to Japan is unnecessary
  • Trying to atone will not change the problems Logan Paul created, therefore unnecessary
  • Other people in the world have done similar actions but they do not travel back to an area to atone 
  • He has proven himself throughout the year gap with this issue 
  • Trying to come back to atone, with his actions, may lead to a issue
  • Atoning does nothing but possibly bringing the past issue back

Burden
This is shared between both users. 

Pro must prove Logan Paul should return to Japan to atone for his actions.
Con must prove why Logan Paul should not return to Japan to atone for his actions.

Main
Before I begin with my contentions, I want to identify a few things: 
  • How would Logan Paul atone, in japan, that he hasn't already done? 
  • Would atoning do anything in general? 
  • Would this even give a good impact? 

Contentions

Logan Paul's apology and steps 

Apology
Logan Paul had already made a public apology, not just to his viewers, but to the people of Japan as well. Though some people may not of liked his apology, what more could he do? He has apologized, and whether people take that apology or not doesn't matter. What would atoning to, that was any different from his apology made?

Logan's apology to the situation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwZT7T-TXT0

Logan had nothing and could do nothing to reverse what he had done and atoning for his actions around five years later would make no difference. 

Steps
But not just regarding his apology, he has also created steps towards suicide awareness. 

Logan's steps he made towards suicide awareness in order to atone for his actions regarding the situation. 
As said: "In his seven-minute comeback video, Paul meets activists and a suicide survivor, while pledging to donate $1m (£700,000) to prevention groups."

Harmful affects  
If Logan Paul is to bring up the issue again, it could cause more severe issues for his mental health once again.

So, not only would atoning be doing quite literally almost nothing for him positively, but it would be affected his mental health. 
All of what I am saying is prediction, as of regarding the hate he would receive. But based on his apology video and the hate comments he received, all the evidence leads to more negative comments.

Review
Now we are left with the impression (on my side) of a few things.
  • Has he already atoned enough?
  • Does he need to particularly go back to Japan to atone, if atoning at all?
  • What would returning back to Japan to atoning do? 
  • Would atoning in Japan be negative or positive?
  • In terms of should, should he really? Is it really an obligation?
All of these should, throughout the debate be cleared to fully understand the burden "should". And maybe even more questions as it comes.

Rebuttals:
I believe that pro practically only has one contention that supports his burden. 
While he does state what Logan Paul has done, aka why he should apologize, there is only one contention that really sums it up. So, let's focus there.

  • (1) If Logan is truly sincere about becoming a better person, he must return to right his wrongs.
  • (2) Japan has a high suicide ratio, so he should use his wealth to lessen this.
  • (3) Returning to Japan might be bad for his image at first, but would have the potential to show he is being authentic. 

1. As my contentions state, he has already made a public apology and steps going forward to suicide protection. At the end of the day, what else is he going to do?

2. Logan Paul is not, like everyone else in the world, required to donate his money. His money is his own, regardless of his mistakes. Such as Elon Musk, just because Japan has high suicide ratio, doesn't mean he has to donate to them. That's his money. 

^ Also this wouldn't require you to go back to Japan to do.

3. He has already shown potential. Flying back to Japan may only cause trouble. 

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Specifically dealing with "should" and "atone"

As for what would be best in this situation it would be overal better to leave it. Bringing it back up would stir the media to it's core again, it wouldn't make sense. 

Further, in terms of atoning, he already has. He has made a public apology and even supported a cause, which was not needed, in order to help the issue he laughed about. There is no reason to specifically go to Japan to "atone".

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Next round

I think pro should provide examples of what Logan Paul would do to atone for his actions in Japan. Otherwise, we are left with something broad. 
As of right now, I see some mentions of donating, but he already has. If we leave it broad, I believe it would be harder for the judges.

So, I'll leave it to pro from here.
Round 2
Pro
#3
Thanks for accepting, Bella3sp! 

I’ll begin this round with a harsh and painful lesson that Logan Paul needs to learn.

Logan Paul should return to Japan for several reasons.:
  • Redemption is transactional. Something that must be earned. An apology isn’t going to cut it, nor should we cut him some slack. 
  • Logan Paul’s actions have hurt American streamers trying to make a living in Japan by harming their reputation in the country.
Because of Logan’s mistakes, Japan's perception of Americans is worse than ever. 

Rebuttals

“Other people in the world have done similar actions but they do not travel back to an area to atone”

Because the damage they have done is irreparable and their only option at that point is to move on. Logan is in a position of power and wealth to actually take action and contribute some good.

“He has proven himself throughout the year gap with this issue”

Proven himself how? His actions to good causes seem to be coming from a place of maintaining his good image and trying to save face than from an authentic position of true regret & remorse.
Rumor has it that he’s scammed his fans out of billions of dollars, casting doubt on whether or not he really has changed.

“Trying to come back to atone, with his actions, may lead to a issue
Atoning does nothing but possibly bringing the past issue back””

What past issue, the scrutiny?

If his actions to try and correct the past lead to it having worse circumstances, then it definitely stands that there are issues that haven’t been completely resolved.
The only person likely to bear the burden of this karma is Logan Paul and he hasn’t faced the consequences of his actions which is something he must endure to be worthy of redemption. He has defaced property, disrespected citizens, and made a mockery of their culture and the dead. If anything, he got off easy.

  • “How would Logan Paul atone, in japan, that he hasn't already done? 
  • Would atoning do anything in general? 
  • Would this even give a good impact?”
By helping businesses grow, offering to teach English, donating to charities, and raising cultural awareness of suicide in Japan will definitely foster positive change. Not only the citizens of Japan, but for Logan Paul’s image, and the image of American tourists who go to Japan.

“Harmful affects  
If Logan Paul is to bring up the issue again, it could cause more severe issues for his mental health once again.

So, not only would atoning be doing quite literally almost nothing for him positively, but it would be affected his mental health. 
All of what I am saying is prediction, as of regarding the hate he would receive. But based on his apology video and the hate comments he received, all the evidence leads to more negative comments.”

Logan Paul and his team publicly filmed the dead body of a suicide victim who hung himself, and Logan laughed. The person he mocked had probably suffered worse than whatever Logan will likely endure. Logan does not deserve the privilege of being able to avoid facing his actions.
To do the right thing, Logan Paul must prioritize his duty to helping the Japanese people over his desire to avoid criticism. 

“1. As my contentions state, he has already made a public apology and steps going forward to suicide protection. At the end of the day, what else is he going to do?

2. Logan Paul is not, like everyone else in the world, required to donate his money. His money is his own, regardless of his mistakes. Such as Elon Musk, just because Japan has high suicide ratio, doesn't mean he has to donate to them. That's his money. 

^ Also this wouldn't require you to go back to Japan to do.

3. He has already shown potential. Flying back to Japan may only cause trouble.”

  1. Not be a terrible person. His actions going forward are good, but not sufficient enough to undo the damage he has caused. He must do more good to right the wrongs he committed.
  2. The resolution is conditional. Logan should return to Japan, but only to be redeemed. Logan Paul is not required to donate his money, it is his. But then he is not entitled to redemption, nor is he able to objectively claim that he has become a better person.
  3. Demonstrating potential is meaningless. It’s the same as saying he has the possibility to change. The possibility to change is irrelevant if he refuses to take the opportunity when it’s presented to him.
Con
#4
Reviewing pros summary:
I’ll begin this round with a harsh and painful lesson that Logan Paul needs to learn.

Logan Paul should return to Japan for several reasons.:
  • Redemption is transactional. Something that must be earned. An apology isn’t going to cut it, nor should we cut him some slack. 
  • Logan Paul’s actions have hurt American streamers trying to make a living in Japan by harming their reputation in the country.
Because of Logan’s mistakes, Japan's perception of Americans is worse than ever. 
If an apology won't cut it, what will? And if an apology won't cut it for people, will anything?
Also considering that he did support a cause.

As of Logan's mistakes, do you have anything showing direct source (close) to him being the impression?
For staters, i'm sure many people didn't know of that issue and i'm sure many people have done things in Japan that damaged how Japan viewed  American's. However, I don't see them returning to Japan or being mentioned for their mistakes.

I'm also sure many people in Japan aren't like, "An American vlogger- they are just like Logan Paul".
And your standards of amends, won't change that, if that was a common thought.

Burden and Rebuttals:
Because the damage they have done is irreparable and their only option at that point is to move on. Logan is in a position of power and wealth to actually take action and contribute some good.
So, what can Logan Paul do? That specifically makes him return to Japan and that he hasn't already done? (I do see you offer steps, and I will regard later in the debate).

What makes them different?

Elon Musk has quite the postion and more power to raise awareness, I don't see him doing that? Because he shouldn't, it's his money.

Proven himself how? His actions to good causes seem to be coming from a place of maintaining his good image and trying to save face than from an authentic position of true regret & remorse.
What do you think your ways of presenting ways of attempting to atoning would be?
Wouldn't atoning in your standards, be the same way? Trying to save his face? Regardless of his intentions, the same thing applies to your reasoning.

Rumor has it that he’s scammed his fans out of billions of dollars, casting doubt on whether or not he really has changed.
I believe this is irrelevant, as this regards an entire different issue that has no relation to the following:
  • Japan (in general terms)
  • Returning to Japan to atone for his actions
What past issue, the scrutiny?
My bad, let me get specific.

The issue regarding the specific actions he made in Japan while visiting.

If his actions to try and correct the past lead to it having worse circumstances, then it definitely stands that there are issues that haven’t been completely resolved.
I'm going to refer back to the top.

If that wasn't enough, what will be? I had hoped you would address this early on in the debate.

Had to scroll down, but I see you did answer.

Here's a misconception I see: 
In pro's book, atoning means completely resolving. 

^ But that's not the case. Atoning does not mean everyone has to be satisfied, that will never happen. He already has atoned, in his apology and even tried to make effort to support causes to show (which was even unnecessary). He had made amends. 

He shouldn't because he already has, meaning it's unnecessary, and it will damage him even more.

The only person likely to bear the burden of this karma is Logan Paul and he hasn’t faced the consequences of his actions which is something he must endure to be worthy of redemption. He has defaced property, disrespected citizens, and made a mockery of their culture and the dead. If anything, he got off easy.
I'll mentioned more later on, regarding your methods of your book of "amends"

Considering that his Youtube carrer, his job, a major part of his life was ruined, he didn't get off easy. His Youtube carrer almost disappeared, Logan Paul had worked hard for his subscribers just like any other major Youtuber. His "life's" work.

He did not get off easy.

1. By helping businesses grow,
2. offering to teach English,
3. donating to charities,
4. and raising cultural awareness of suicide in Japan will definitely foster positive change.
1 & 2. That's not his responsibility, nor did it have any correlation with his actions
3 & 4.  He has, I mentioned this in my contention already. He has given around 1M to charity specifically regarding sucide prevention. Him donating supports awareness.

According to pro, Logan Paul has already made quite the positive change. The first two ideas by pro are irrelevant being it has no correlation with atoning or redemption.

The person he mocked had probably suffered worse than whatever Logan will likely endure. Logan does not deserve the privilege of being able to avoid facing his actions.

To do the right thing, Logan Paul must prioritize his duty to helping the Japanese people over his desire to avoid criticism. 
We can come to that conclusion sure. But do we know exactly their (both peoples) situation?

Logan Paul deals with hate around the world. When everyone knows your name, what you did, you become hated and mistreated for the rest of your life or for many years to come. I also already stated the consequences he endured.

  1. Not be a terrible person. His actions going forward are good, but not sufficient enough to undo the damage he has caused. He must do more good to right the wrongs he committed.
  2. The resolution is conditional. Logan should return to Japan, but only to be redeemed. Logan Paul is not required to donate his money, it is his. But then he is not entitled to redemption, nor is he able to objectively claim that he has become a better person.
  3. Demonstrating potential is meaningless. It’s the same as saying he has the possibility to change. The possibility to change is irrelevant if he refuses to take the opportunity when it’s presented to him. 
1. So, at the end of the day, not be a terrible person? Okay, but I mean't to specifically atone in Japan, not being a terrible person doesn't atone for his actions in Japan. That said, "must", no he doesn't need to. And you cannot balance.

2. It is conditional, but you haven't proved why he should.

It's not his obligation/duty to:
  • Help teach English -  he is not the government
  • Help other businesses that aren't his own
  • Keep donating
As I already explained, these don't have relation at all. 
This is the resolution: "Logan Paul should return to Japan to atone for his actions."

I'm going to break it apart.
1. Logan paul should return to Japan (this will be mentioned below)
2. Logan Paul has to return to atone for his actions (restate of burden)

His atoning would be because of his actions. If you atone for your actions, you do something that has relation to his actions. But let's really think, what can he do to atone to standards?

If someone broke someone's car windshield, they can apologize and fix the windshield. But in Logan Paul's case, he can apologize but not correct himself from laughing. 

This either goes two ways:
Your Book:
1. So in terms of should, he shouldn't because he cannot and it would cause further problems.

If he cannot, he should not because he cannot. (If you cannot do something, you shouldn't).
So, if he cannot really atone, and its harmful to him, he shouldn't. 

General:
2. He already has fulfilled atoning to the best of abilities and should not return because he already has and it would cause further problems.

But I also ask you this:
  • Does this atoning actually correct his wrong doings , as you said, "potential to show he is being authentic", but this is not correcting it. And if it does not correct, is he really atoning? Can he really atone? If so, he already has. 
If he already has, Logan Paul should not return when he already has made amends, regardless of if people accepted it.

Returning to Japan:
Furthermore, you do not have to go to Japan to do so. 
In your resolution, "return to Japan", it makes all your steps irrelevant. You haven't shown anything where he physically has to return to Japan to do. You can donate online, no problem.

3. You mentioned potential first, not me. As you said "potential to show he is being authentic", then I guess what you said is meaningless.

Wrap:
What impression and overall review is left with this round?

Pro's side:
  • Pro gives irreverent ways to atone
  • Pro gives a method that has already been done by Logan to atone
  • Current proposed methods of atoning would not really be atoning
  • Not proved why he needs to atone to his standards
  • Not proved why he needs to return to Japan to atone, and why he couldn't do it where he already lives
  • All methods shown can be done where he lives which means he has not fulfilled part of he burden

My side (and remarks):

Logan Paul should not return to Japan, because there is no reason to go to Japan for all methods, if even needing to atone.
Besides that, Logan Paul should not because, if something is unnecessary and would cause harmful affects, someone shouldn't do it.

Going back to Japan, and trying to fix his reputation and other's reputation does not atone for his actions, even if he had to atone. And you even suggest this yourself. What he would really be atoning for is his reputation. Correcting his reputation. Not his actions.

^ Would it not? Let's go back to what you said: 
Pro: "His actions to good causes seem to be coming from a place of maintaining his good image and trying to save face than from an authentic position of true regret & remorse." Seems you already agree.

Pro: "Not only the citizens of Japan, but for Logan Paul’s image, and the image of American tourists who go to Japan." So, even with your methods, you agree. It seems even your methods of atoning would not be for his actions, but atoning for others and himself. What does this mean? 

Pro: "Logan does not deserve the privilege of being able to avoid facing his actions." If you really believe he needs to not avoid his actions, why would you want him to mask his actions and try to atone for his reputation? (Also when in reality, he atoned).

You also say: "potential to show he is being authentic" meaning you view amends as an attempt.

Pro's burden he is really supporting
Really, your current burden your trying to support is: "Logan Paul should attempt return to Japan to atone for his reputation"

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I'll hand it back over to you pro.
Round 3
Pro
#5
If Logan Paul’s actions disrespected a culture and had observable consequences for other people, Logan has the obligation to take action to either repair or mitigate most of it. 

Rebuttals

If an apology won't cut it, what will? And if an apology won't cut it for people, will anything?
Also considering that he did support a cause.

As of Logan's mistakes, do you have anything showing direct source (close) to him being the impression?
For staters, i'm sure many people didn't know of that issue and i'm sure many people have done things in Japan that damaged how Japan viewed  American's. However, I don't see them returning to Japan or being mentioned for their mistakes.

I'm also sure many people in Japan aren't like, "An American vlogger- they are just like Logan Paul".
And your standards of amends, won't change that, if that was a common thought.
Unfortunately, doing one good thing is not sufficient enough to consider it even. The fact that the reputation of streamers in Japan is already shaky territory and the Logan Paul event added to it means he is partly responsible for this image. 

So, what can Logan Paul do? That specifically makes him return to Japan and that he hasn't already done? (I do see you offer steps, and I will regard later in the debate).

What makes them different?

Elon Musk has quite the postion and more power to raise awareness, I don't see him doing that? Because he shouldn't, it's his money.
While all billionaires are not required to help Japan and doing so is a courtesy, Logan actually owes Japan. 

He had the privilege to go there as a tourist in their country and he abused this privilege in many ways. Now he must show respect and try to help. 

What do you think your ways of presenting ways of attempting to atoning would be?
Wouldn't atoning in your standards, be the same way? Trying to save his face? Regardless of his intentions, the same thing applies to your reasoning.
His actions to save his career are only helping himself, nobody else. 

His intentions are irrelevant if he’s directly contributing good for everyone else. What about the image of his fellow americans he has hurt? Why doesn’t he reflect on how bad he makes the rest of us look? 

So far, all we have from Con regarding the potential bad of Logan Paul returning to his Japan is the criticism he would catch whereas I have shown that he has the power and the moral duty to act. 

Logan contributing to a suicide awareness charity is great, but this generosity will not help the people of Japan in anyway. 

Con
#6
Rebuttals:
If Logan Paul’s actions disrespected a culture and had observable consequences for other people, Logan has the obligation to take action to either repair or mitigate most of it. 
I have two problems with this.
Now I am to assume his actions you want him to atone for disrespecting culture.

Aokigahara forest had a part of culture, yes, however, the Japanese government has slightly swayed away from that including suicides as a public health issue overal. The Japanese had invested in sucide protection and suicide hotlines.

If this is part of culture, why did they try to prevent their culture?

Unfortunately, doing one good thing is not sufficient enough to consider it even. The fact that the reputation of streamers in Japan is already shaky territory and the Logan Paul event added to it means he is partly responsible for this image. 
I can assure that Logan Paul isn't even thought about with a lot of streamers (vloggers) in Japan. 
But I cannot prove this, neither can you.

While all billionaires are not required to help Japan and doing so is a courtesy, Logan actually owes Japan. 

He had the privilege to go there as a tourist in their country and he abused this privilege in many ways. Now he must show respect and try to help. 
Logan Paul does not owe Japan.
Anyone can disrespect culture, it's a right.. You don't owe some because you dislike, unknowingly or misinterpreted their culture.

We all have our own opinions right? But we have free speech as well.
So, in Japan the Japanese Constitution protects freedom of speech. Therefore, in Aokigahara forest, everything he said was under free.

And in Japan, everything under free speech is protected, giving him the right to speak.

Such as if I disrespected Islamic culture, I am allowed to.

As for respecting and trying to help, he has.
Donating and apologizing both fits the criteria as "show respect and help".

His actions to save his career are only helping himself, nobody else. 

His intentions are irrelevant if he’s directly contributing good for everyone else. What about the image of his fellow americans he has hurt? Why doesn’t he reflect on how bad he makes the rest of us look? 
Assuming you mean "the rest of us" in general terms of Americans.
After effects: He was helping others (Americans) if the Japanese people took his apology.

So far, all we have from Con regarding the potential bad of Logan Paul returning to his Japan is the criticism he would catch whereas I have shown that he has the power and the moral duty to act. 

Logan contributing to a suicide awareness charity is great, but this generosity will not help the people of Japan in anyway. 
I contest this idea of that being the only thing i've shown.

I have proved the following: 
  • Logan Paul does not have to specifically go to Japan to atone, if atoning.
  • Logan Paul had freedom of speech.
  • Logan Paul had lack of sensitivity towards suicide being he never experienced someone who has commited suicide.
  • Logan Paul has already fulfilled his "moral duty" to the best of his abilities.
  • Logan Paul, if going back to "atone" will recieve backlack on his mental health.
^ All of these contribute to my part of the resolution. There may be more that i've said, but this covers a great portion.

Pro themselves show ways he can atone but they all allign with what he has already done. Expect for some of the irrelevant factors like helping teach English. If I disrespect Islamic culture, I don't need to donate to them to teach other people about Islamic culture.

As of donating, I don't specifically know everywhere hes donated. But he separated the donations, meaning some could have very well went to Japan (and probably did).

Review:
Pro doesn't consent that he's supporting "Logan Paul should return to Japan attempt to atone for his reputation."
Pro doesn't show evidence why Logan Paul must specifically return to Japan in order to atone.
Pro  tries to bring "moral duty", but Logan Paul already has completely "moral duty".

I think there are other things, but everything else I have clearly shown thoughtout the rounds, so, i'll leave it here.