Throughout life. there are many state of affairss that make us believe whether our determinations are ethical or unethical. When we think about ethic. we believe it is based on feeling. faith. Torahs. or social norms. However. these four points do non make up one’s mind whether a behaviour is ethical or unethical. When people make ethical determination. they must place how the determination impacts others. In Bowen H. McCoy’s essay. “The Parable of the Sadhu” . McCoy describes an ethical quandary he experienced in doing a determination in the Himalayas of whether to assist back up the saddhu or go on on trekking the Himalayas.
He decides to go forth the saddhu behind and gives justification for his behaviour. which finally leads to an statement with his friend Stephen. Later on in the essay nevertheless. McCoy expresses his guilt about the saddhu and is confronted with an ethical quandary. As a reader. I perceive McCoy’s behaviour as unethical. He recognizes subsequently on that he was confronted with an ethical quandary. and the ethical guidelines. Golden Rule and Public Disclosure Test supports that McCoy’s determination is unethical. Besides. the cost and benefits of McCoy’s determination. left the saddhu and arrived at the acme. is non decently weighed.
When Stephen who stayed with the saddhu. arrives at the acme. he asks McCoy. “How do you experience about lending to the decease of a fellow adult male? ” Stephen explains that the saddhu was left behind after holding been cared for to the best of their ability. Rather than understanding or recognition of good title. McCoy is excessively busy supporting and warranting the group’s actions by noting that they did what they could for the saddhu and that they “are at the vertex of one of the most powerful experiences of [ their ] lives…” ( McCoy. 106 ) . McCoy expresses that his precedence is to get at the acme of the Himalayas. At that minute in clip. McCoy valued finishing the trek over caring for the sadhu’s life. McCoy’s precedence was clearly different from that of Stephen’s. If McCoy could hold realized that the saddhu could decease if he and the group left him. he could non support himself and the group with such a dignified attitude.
Peoples can non make up one’s mind whether McCoy’s behaviour is ethical or unethical entirely based on their feeling. the jurisprudence. faith. or social norm. By using McCoy’s state of affairs to the ethical guidelines. people can make up one’s mind whether his determination was in fact ethical or unethical. There are three ethical guidelines: the Golden Rule. the Universalization Test. and the Public Disclosure Test. The Golden Rule says to handle others the manner you would desire to be treated. Second the Universalization Test is to conceive of that everyone in the universe makes the same determinations that you make and to measure that determination. Last. the Public Disclosure Test is to measure a determination by believing that your action and purpose are publicized.
Based on the Golden Rule. if McCoy wants to be treated by others like he did to the saddhu. his determination would be ethical. In other words. in order for McCoy’s determination to be ethical. if he needs aid from others. McCoy can non want servitude greater than that which he can offer. If McCoy placed himself in the sadhu’s state of affairs. he likely would non hold left the saddhu and go on mounting the Himalayas. If he knew that his determination would be publicized worldwide. McCoy himself and the remainder of his group could non hold left the saddhu. They would be frowned upon as people who abandoned the saddhu despite their chief end of completing the ascent. Based on the ethical guidelines. McCoy’s determination was an unethical determination.
Additional to the ethical guidelines. there is the useful theories. which assess the moralss of a determination by its effects. I believe that when McCoy left the saddhu. the lone result he thought was geting at the acme of the Himalayas. As mentioned before. finishing the ascent was one of the most powerful experiences of his life-time.
He besides suffered from height illness through which he did non hold clip to believe of others. McCoy said to Stephen and Pasang. “I was concerned about defying the highs to come and wanted to acquire over the base on balls. ” and he got out of the state of affairs. His top precedence was to get at the acme. Since all he could look upon was that. he could non see any other values or costs of his determination. In other words. McCoy failed to equilibrate the costs and benefits of his determinations. Based on useful theories. McCoy’s determination was unethical.
Using the assorted ethical guidelines. McCoy’s determination of go forthing the saddhu for his ain accomplishment is unethical. Leaving a individual who can non pull off oneself. is unethical. particularly if something could hold been done. For McCoy was so focussed on his end. he failed to face this ethical quandary instantly and could non believe of the costs of his determination. Therefore. his determination was weighed more on his ain benefits. Besides. if McCoy had foremost considered the impact his determination could hold on the other. I would wish to believe he would non hold gone Forth in seeking his end.