John Halley (d_h_belmont) wrote in wise_tits,
John Halley
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Heinz Dillema (Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development)

Take some time to think about this scenario:

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?



Do you have your answer, dear reader?
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Most people will respond by saying he should either not break the law or go ahead because the needs of the woman outweighs the need for the druggist to have his precious money.

Doesn't anybody wonder what the druggist is going to do with the medicine? Yes, he says "I am going to make money from it.", but is it possible that in this process of making money, he's going to try to make it available to everyone, like sell it to Pfizer or some shit and that he needs to develop a prototype right away for their labs to look over? Which in turn might make it easily accessible to everyone else? What the druggists motivations are would certainly have a huge factor in deciding whether or not I smash his pharmacy to bits and steal the drug or tell my wife "Sorry, dude!".

Doesn't anybody wonder about the long term rammifications of commiting that crime? Sure, you go to jail, but the woman lives, but what if indeed by taking this drug, it results in taking it out of the hands of countless people with this same disease? This radium the druggist discovered may be in such a small quantity, that he NEEDS to send it off to a big company so they can find more of this type of radium, and the drug is the proof that more will be needed, but he can't find it.

Of course, the motiviations of the druggists are purely speculative, but surely that would cross Heinz's mind.

If I were Heinz, I'd have to find out what the deal was for the druggist to do something so shameful that it could destroy his reputation. If I failed to learn anything, I'd have to follow my heart. If I felt his reasoning was selfish, he can kiss his medicine good bye and I'll face the consequences without hesitation. I'm sure my wife's live would be worth far more to myself and to others than the druggist's money.

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