Moral Dilemmas Resources
We all have to make difficult decisions at various points in our lives. Often we are faced with two or more choices and the direction a certain situation takes depends on the choices we make. It isn’t easy to make tough decisions and we are frequently torn between what we feel we should do and what we want to do, and often this is based on moral reasons. This type of situation is called a moral dilemma and we must decide the best course of action bearing in mind it may have long-lasting impacts.
There are occasions when a moral dilemma puts a great strain on our emotions because it tests our sense of fairness, our level of judgement and our mental capabilities. All important decisions based on moral dilemmas include a number of factors which need to be considered carefully as follows:
- What exactly is the issue? Can you describe it as succinctly as possible?
- Who is involved in the dilemma and how/why are they involved?
- Have you considered the various implications of selecting each of the available options? Have you weighed the pros and cons of each?
- Is it absolutely necessary to take action regarding this matter? What would happen if you did nothing?
- Is there anybody you can call on for advice?
When you have taken the time to examine the dilemma from every angle you will be in a better position to make a decision.
It is important to remember that none of us are perfect and sometimes we make decisions that have serious consequences. However, we can only do the best we can with whatever information and resources we have available. Sometimes decisions turn out well and sometimes they don’t. We should not expect perfection from ourselves or anyone we know or allow feelings of anxiety to overtake us. As long as we do our best and work through the steps outlined above, we will have a better chance of making the best possible decision at that particular time.
Moral Dilemmas Resource Packs
We publish moral dilemmas resources to support schools by providing help and guidance in an educational format. Our resource packs give the information in a way that informs as well as educates.
Teaching students about moral dilemmas is important. Our aim is to produce resource packs that provide information and knowledge on moral dilemmas.