The Dilemmas Of Death In The Parable Of The Sadhu

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“Many who die deserve life and many who live deserve death, can you give it to them?…All you have to do is to decide what to do with the time that is given to you.” – Gandalf, wizard from the epic The Lord of The Rings

The issue with discussing the ethics of this parable, with an eye for finding a concrete resolution to the events that took place, is that it supposes there is a solution to be found. It assumes all dilemmas can be solved in a win-win, hard and fast, solution; an “if, then” or a “1 + 1 = 2” if you will. In the events of this dilemma, I believe, there is no answer to the question, but there might very well be a formulaic process that can be applied to the circumstance in order that next time a dilemma of this caliber appears the appropriate action can be taken for all parties. A strong process would not guarantee the best outcome all the time, but it would ensure that fundamental steps were taken to assess if the issues could be appropriately addressed.

The Parable of the Sadhu raises some enlightening questions and conflicts of human ethics that can be addressed only if the underling tenants and presuppositions are addressed. The dilemma of the Sadhu can be simplified to this statement. Should the team climbing the mountains that day have restructured their goals and resources to assist the starving, hypothermic, delirious, almost naked man found on the mountain that day? Furthermore, does the answer provided for this scenario translate into a framework that can be applied to corporations and other large organizations of people?

To address the ethical issues that were faced that day, there are assumptions that need to be analyzed and separated into two groups, first set applies to an individual or a small group of individuals and the second group applies to a larger structured group of people such as a corporation.

There are four ingredients of the dilemma that apply to an individual or small group of individuals. Understanding the ingredients is the first step to deriving a process for ensuring that the best ethical solution is discovered the next time a dilemma occurs.

First, how should the climbers have assessed the weight of the crisis in the middle of the dilemma? For example how

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