Moral And Ethical Dilemmas

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Moral and Ethical Dilemmas

One of the most difficult trials I face in my life are ethical and moral

dilemmas. They can be soul-wrenching and searching experiences that tax my

character and cause me to really "put my money where my mouth is." Sometimes

I'm quick to see ethical faults in others, but slow to see them in myself.

Other times I see all to clearly my mistakes and wonder why I don't measure up.

I believe one purpose for this life is to learn to act for ourselves. Learn to

see a situation correctly and act righteously. In this paper I wish to discuss

many of the thoughts I have had recently on setting a pattern for making ethical

decisions throughout my life. I will present many of the traps I have fallen

into or observed in others.

Everyday I'm faced with decisions of right and wrong, most of which are

easily and correctly dealt with. Sometimes however, decisions need to be made

that are not easy or clear-cut. They require thought and often prayer. I like

to draw on past experience to make comparisons that help give insight to new

problems. Many times, however past experiences cannot be related to present

problems and can confuse and obscure possibilities. Even the opinions or

actions of friends faced with similar dilemmas may not be helpful. Often you

feel pressured by piers that say, "it's no big deal", or "you'll understand

later". It's important that I understand why a particular action or resolution

is correct or incorrect. If I can't or don't it's difficult to feel I've been

honest with myself. That for me can be a good measure of ethical behavior, my


The ideal way to deal with difficult questions is to have a foolproof

formula. Find steps that will always lead to correct decisions. Unfortunately

I do not yet have such a formula and often learn by hard experience right and

wrong. Let me start by saying I firmly believe the formula exists, and is to be

found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The only way to live a perfectly ethical

and moral life is to be Like Him. There is no other way. The entire world will

experiment and try all other forms of self-indulgence and soul searching and

will not be one step closer until they begin with His gospel. I heard it said

once that "he who picks up one end of a stick, picks up the other end also." No

matter how hard you try or want happiness...

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volunteered and submitted. I could compare it to temple attendance or

missionary service. We may serve by commandment alone, and reap all the

blessing and rewards, or we could look beyond and see the work of saving souls.

We could see the absolute need for our service and give our lives for it.

I believe with that kind of true motivation we will more easily be able

to see right from wrong. We will not seek to satisfy our own needs or wants,

but will see others needs along with ours. We could more clearly see the

importance of ethical and moral behavior. Whether someone is watching or not is

irrelevant and has no part in our decisions. I admit that this in no way will

make the decision making process easier; quite the contrary. No longer will

decisions be made based on popularity or gain, but on what's right and good.

Unfortunately I will still have to learn by experience when the answers are not

clear, so I will get burned a few times. But in the process of learning, I can

be confident that I am really doing my best and improving always. By refining

this formula I will find myself better able to resolve difficult dilemmas and

feel good about my decisions.
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