Algis S. Juzukonis
Wednesday, February 15th 2012
Parable of Sadhu
1. Define what is meant by the term Ethical Dilemma.
Ethical Dilemma also known as moral dilemma is a complex case to which a situation wherein moral precepts or ethical obligations conflict in such a way that any possible resolution to the dilemma is morally unsatisfying. In the case of the Sadhu, it is defined by Stephen’s moral concern and ethical obligation feel of fully catering to the care of the helpless sadhu versus Bowen’s approach towards the situation and his reasoning. Stephen and Bowen had an argument in regards of how the sadhu was treated to the point Stephen tried to generalize the case to a more common one where he had asked Bowen if he would have reacted the same way if it was a Western woman in need of the same kind of help.
2. Identify and describe the ethical dilemma that the travellers must address when they meet the sadhu.
The travellers were on a journey on their way to the top of the high passes of the Himalayas which would take them about 2 days in total to achieve. The ethical dilemma that was presented to the travellers was the unexpected presence of the sadhu left to cold bearing close to nothing on his skin in need of help while –for the travellers- still having to reach the top before the bright sun melted the snow. At the point where the helpless was found, it would have taken about 2 more days to carry him all the way down to the village for nursing assistance; in their best individualist attempt, they each and every one contributed to their convenience (enough not to become an inconvenience). The New Zealander offered his hand by bringing him down to their attention of the porters and Sherpa guides while Bowen took a carotid pulse and found out he (sadhu) was still alive. Stephen and the four Swiss proceeded by offering...