Values – Ethical Dilemmas

What would you do in these situations? What can your answers help you learn about yourself?

Are your decisions based on external factors, or on your values?
If they are based on your values, which values ranked higher than others?

  1. You run into your friend Tom at a club, and catch him kissing a woman you have never met. He is married to your equally good friend Lucy. Tom confesses that he has been having an affair for the past year, and begs you not to tell Lucy about it. What do you do?
  2. Your running team is about to begin an important race in a high-profile event. One of your teammates confesses to you that she has been doping, which is a form of cheating. To make matters more complicated, there is a chance that she will be tested, and if she is caught, your entire team will be disqualified. If you tell the authorities now, this one teammate will be disqualified, but there is a chance that you and the rest of your team will win the race on your own merits. What do you do?
  3. You and your younger brother are kidnapped by pirates. They order you to push your brother off the ship into shark infested waters. If you refuse, the pirates will push both your baby brother and another child off the ship. What do you do?
  4. Your best friend is strongly opposed to medical treatments that involve testing on animals. There is one treatment that she particulary hates, because the research involved incredible suffering for the animals. She has told you more than once that she would rather die than consent to this treatment. She becomes ill, and then falls unconscious soon after. The doctors tell you that the exact treatment she hates most is the only one that will save her life. It is up to you to make the decision. What do you do?