Making Ethical Choices, Resolving Ethical Dilemmas

Making Ethical Choices, Resolving Ethical Dilemmas

Making Ethical Choices, Resolving Ethical Dilemmas

Making Ethical Choices, Resolving Ethical Dilemmas

Synopsis

A book offering advice on assessing the ethical approach to moral dilemmas of oneself and others. It includes an ethical choices map to categorise ethical approaches according to values, orientation and attitude and it is written by the author of RESOLVING CONFLICT and THE TRUTH ABOUT LYING.

Excerpt

Whenever we make choices about anything, we are making moral or ethical decisions without being aware of it. We choose to do something because we think it's right or wrong, good or bad, fitting or not fitting. These are ethical or moral choices which reflect our values and priorities.

Problems arise when we are not sure which approach to use or when other people in the situation have different ideas about what should be done. Each person can think he or she is "right" because of differing values or standards about how to decide.

Such choices are of special concern now, because today there is a call for people to be more ethical, to have more integrity. We are experiencing a time when we have become more than ever a culture of celebrity, when the media is fueled by crime and scandal, and acts of incivility, such as "road rage," have become common. There is a growing concern about the breakdown of traditional institutions and the decline in educational standards we have experienced over the past few decades, resulting in a desire for renewal and improvement now.

As a result of such problems, a cry for higher ethical or moral standards has gone out, and with it has come a renewed recognition of the importance of supporting the community and the values that contribute to the strength of society. Many feel that the high value we have placed on individualism, freedom, independence, and self- interest has gotten out of hand--self-interest has gone too far. A renewed interest in moral behavior has become part of a growing and communal urge to "save society," although ironically, making self-interested personal choices is making an ethical choice, too. However, as a society we now consider these choices to be "wrong," "bad," or "unfitting" ones to make, and therefore describe them as too . . .

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