Ethical Dilemmas; In Defense of Others?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
15 Aug 2009

5 Responses to “Ethical Dilemmas; In Defense of Others?”

  1. Martial Arts News 8.16.09 « Striking Thoughts Says:

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  2. Chris | Martial Development Says:

    Why was the monk there, and what did he want? How unfortunate that this should be considered an irrelevant detail.

    It is no more ethical to drag him to the bottom of the mountain, then it would be to drag him to the top!

  3. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Chris,

    The monks normally took the low road… no reason was given why the monk would have taken the high road except it was probably a poor choice on his part.

    In terms of ethics, providing you think the hikers had a duty to rescue the monk, it becomes – is their responsibility ended by dumping the monk on the next climbing team?

    I remember a long debate on this topic in class. At the time I did not buy into the argument that the hikers had a duty as their own countrymen and government did not care.

    I’m now more of the opinion that yes – if I were the hiker, I would have a duty to get the monk to where he could be rescued by medical personal and not dump him off on the next group – not knowing if their level of care would match mine.

  4. On My Own Two Feet » Blog Archive » Do We Have an Obligation to Give Back? Says:

    […] My Self-Defense Blog, author John Zimmer poses the question Ethical Dilemmas; In Defense of Others?, in which he discusses whether or not we have an obligation to aid someone else in need. Are we, […]

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