Ethical Implications Of Moral Dilemmas

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Moral dilemmas are terrifying when deciding whether people should live or die based on their relationship and beliefs. “What would be more ethical? Killing one person in front of five people before they die or killing five people in front of one”(Feldman). Many ethical implications can affect the decision one may decide when determining who lives and who dies based on how people are on the trolley. In this scenario, I’m in charge of the trolley and these are the facts.
Scenario one, There are five people on the track the direction the trolley is traveling, the options are to switch the track that will allow the trolley to travel on a different track or let the trolley stay on the same track and kill all five of the individuals. In this situation, I’m going to switch the track, of course to save those five individuals. Scenario two, similar to scenario one, but one unaware person is on the opposite side of the train track and based on the information I can either save one life and kill five or save one and kill five. According to society, killing one person to save five is for the greater good. But, life just doesn’t work that one which leads me to Scenario three, also similar to two, but on the opposite side of the trolley the individual who is unaware of the trolley is my sibling.
As children, we are taught to protect our family and siblings who can’t defend themselves. My relevant Values and Concepts are my loyalty to my family and my duty to protect my younger siblings. Although I’m sacrificing those five other individual lives I don’t have the courage and it’s not in my norm to decide to kill five people over my family. I don’t want to kill innocent people, but my heart is with my family and the ethical decision making in this situation is deciding based on my belief and sometimes in life you have to sacrifice one thing for the other. For example, the “Eye for an eye” theory. There are a few possible moral dilemmas for each scenario. Scenario one, the ethics of care. ‘The ethical system that defines good as meeting the needs of others” (Cengage Learning). Scenario two, Utilitarianism principle claims that “the greatest good is which it result in the greatest happiness for the greatest number”
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