Parable of the Sadhu

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The Parable of the Sadhu Bowen H. McCoy Article Review In the Parable of the Sadhu, a group of climbers from different cultures came across a Sadhu, an Indian holy man, who was frozen and barely alive. The members of the party responded accordingly and each played a role in helping the Sadhu out. Both external and internal forces, however, collectively kept the hikers from devoting their full attention to him. The problem seemed, as McCoy later pointed, that once the Sadhu became too much of an inconvenience, he was handed off to someone else. Consequently, no one knew whether he had lived or died. In essence, no one in the group took ultimate responsibility for the well-being of the man. The decision to leave the Sadhu later…show more content…
McCoy’s perspective, in relating the Parable of the Sadhu must be considered. People of other cultures may argue his perspective citing that the actions these Westerners took to save the Sadhu could have been seen as them imposing their values on the Sadhu. Furthermore, he may not even have wanted to be saved. The perspectives offered in the parable, however, are very powerful and the questions asked are empirical in their consideration. In understanding this parable, we should not pass moral responsibility down to someone else and hope it is dealt with. We need to place more emphasis on the morals and values that prompt us to act and just do
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