Personal Moral Dilemmas: What Would My Father Do?

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1041923 The first question that comes to my mind when faced with a moral dilemma is: “What would my father do?” For my entire life, I have looked up to my father and will probably continue to do so for the rest of my life. Many of my personal morals can be contributed back to the lessons and examples my father has provided consistently. The basis for the majority of values I hold is the idea of respecting everyone. Underneath this umbrella are honoring my word, being reliable, and never intentionally harming someone –physically or emotionally- unless in self-defense. For as long as I can remember, my father has told me, “A man is only as good as his word.” Over the past couple of years I have watched this belief be tested. My mother suffers…show more content…
I do not understand all of her struggles, but many of them I do as I suffer from similar health issues such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and chronic depression. I also have an autoimmune disease. I can relate to wanting to crawl into bed and staying there. What I cannot relate to is my mother choosing herself over those she claimed responsibility for, for the three children she helped create. How am I to respect a mother who denies her role as a mother? How am I supposed to acknowledge her as an authoritative figure when I had to take up the role of mother despite only being a young teenager? How can I respect someone who I am suppose to rely on but…show more content…
I do rely on a sense of duty or obligation such as in Deontological theory when it comes to keeping my word and being responsible. Much like Kant, I act on certain principles and values that I would want others to uphold and to treat others as people, not tools that can be used to promote myself. The ethical theory I relate to the most is Virtue Ethics, though. I do believe that being essentially a good person will help in making the right decisions. I very much listen to my conscience and gut instincts when I am in a situation that is morally questionable. I have been lucky enough to not have been steered wrong thus far. I also clearly have a role model that I try to emulate and who has taught me through examples and lessons. I evaluate many of my actions and the consequences that may follow in a Utilitarian way. I try to limit the negative outcomes for those around me based on my choices and often I take an altruistic approach, doing what is good for others rather than what I
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