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1.Consider the moral dilemmas presented in Thinking Activity 9.3 on pages 381-382 of your textbook.Choose 2 of the dilemmas and describe the decision that you would make in this situation and explain why.·Review your answers and consider if you used the same values or if you used different values.  How did your values relate to one another?·Identify the moral value(s) or principle(s) on which you based your decision.·Based on your analysis of the moral values that you used, describe your general conclusions about your own moral compass.Re-type and then respond to these questions.  Your response should consist of 1- page. Thinking Activity 9.3ANALYZING MORAL DILEMMAS the following dilemmas ask you to respond with decisionsbased on moral reasoning. After thinking carefully about each situation, do thefollowing: • Describe the decision that you would make in this situationand explain why. • Identify the moral value(s) or principle( s) on which youbased your decision. • At the conclusion of the activity, compare the moral valuesthat you used. Did you find that you consistently used the same values to makedecisions, or did you use different values? If you used different ones, how didthe various values relate to one another? • Based on this analysis, describeyour general conclusions about your own moral compass. 1. The Lifeboat: You are the captain, and your ship struck aniceberg and sank. There are thirty survivors, but they are crowded into alifeboat designed to hold just seven. With the weather stormy and gettingworse, it is obvious that many of the passengers will have to be thrown out ofthe lifeboat, or it will sink and everyone will drown. Will you have peoplethrown over the side? If so, on what basis will you decide who will go? Age?Health? Strength? Gender? Size? 2. TheWhistle- Blower: You are employed by a large corporation that manufacturesbaby formula. You suspect that a flaw in the manufacturing process has resultedin contamination of the formula in a small number of cases. This contaminationcan result in serious illness, even death. You have been told by yoursupervisor that everything is under control and warned that if you blow thewhistle by going public, you will be putting the entire company in jeopardyfrom multimillion- dollar lawsuits. You will naturally be fi red andblackballed in the industry. As the sole provider in your household, yourfamily depends on you. What do you do?3. The Mad Bomber: You are a police lieutenant heading an investigation ofa series of bombings that have resulted in extensive damage, injuries, anddeaths. Your big break comes when you capture the person who you are certain isthe so- called mad bomber. However, he tells you that he has placed a number ofdevices in public locations and that they will explode, at the cost of manyinnocent lives and injuries. You believe that your only chance of extractingthe locations of these bombs is to torture this person until he tells. If youdecide to do this, both your career and the legal case against the mad bomberwill be placed in jeopardy. What do you do?4. The Patient: As a clinical psychologist, you are committed to protectingthe privacy of your patients. One afternoon, a patient tells you that herhusband, who has been abusing her physically and mentally for years, hasthreatened to kill her, and she believes he will. You try to convince her toleave him, but she tells you that she has decided to kill him. She is certainthat he would find her wherever she went, and she feels that she will be safeonly when he is dead. What do you do? 5.The Friend: As the director of your department, you are in charge of fi ll-ingan important vacancy. Many people have applied, including your best friend, whohas been out of work for over a year and needs a job desperately. Although yourfriend would likely perform satisfactorily, there are several more experiencedand talented candidates who would undoubtedly perform better. You have alwaysprided yourself on hiring the best people, and you have earned a reputation assomeone with high standards who will not com-promise you’re striving forexcellence. Whom do you hire?

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