In the spirit of all the fun social/religious/political/philosophical kinda topics going on here I thought I'd start my own just for fun.
So, I was in my class at college today, psychology specifically, and a moral question was given to the class. Well, long story short, someone in the back of the class called me a "Socialist Commie Nazi" for my answer to this question, and you'll see a transcript of that conversation below. But, it got my thinking, what would *you* do?
Originally I, nor anyone in the class had any idea this is actually a fundamental delimma given as a test to examine your morality stage. But what are you thoughts on the morality of this case?
Keep in mind, you answer has to be as cut and dry as the information provided. You can not add "Well I also would of done this also" or "Well what about this?" All your concerned about is what is in the text, and assume "all other options have been exhausted or are not available". Threat it like a retrospective story, what happened below is exactly what did happen with no changes, now you have to judge the morality of it.
A woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the drug cost him to produce. He paid $200 for the radium and charged $2,000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman's husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money, but he could only get together about $1,000 which is half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said: “No, I discovered the drug and I'm going to make money from it.” So Heinz got desperate and broke into the man's store to steal the drug for his wife. Should Heinz have broken into the laboratory to steal the drug for his wife? Why or why not?
My answer to this is: "The value of a human life, any life, is more important than any material item. In all situations, the most moral thing to do would be to save the life." (Exact quote).
This was responded by someone in the back of the class saying "What? You think if you need something you can just take it?", I replied "In this situation, the life is worth more than any person's material needs, period. I would do this even for a complete stranger." then he said "yeah ok, whatever, that's no better than what the North Korea, Communist Russia and Nazis do. Take whatever you want because you need it! You're acting like a Nazi!". Where then I completely ignored him and went about class.
So, what would your answer be? Pick an answer in your head, then check below and see what stage you fall into. Reply with your *exact* answer and the stage you think you fall into. Don't feel bad if you don't reach the final stage, apparently only a small percentage of the population *ever* reaches Stage 6, most people are stage 4.
The 6 stages of development (DO NOT LOOK UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE COME UP WITH AN ANSWER AND YOU CAN NOT CHANGE YOUR ANSWER AFTER YOU SEE THE OPTIONS!!!)
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