Helen's Wisdom of Friends Dilemma (graded) Helen wants to move to a new community, and
she is applying for a job with a small retail establishment. She is confident that she is fully
qualified and will be able to perform well if she gets the job. The employer, however, has
advertised for someone with three years of retail experience, and Helen only has two-and-a-half
years. She is considering whether to exaggerate slightly on her resume in order to improve her
chances of getting the job. Helen asks three friends to offer their advice on what she should do.
-- Henry says, “Go ahead and claim three-and-a-half years of experience; they’re going to be so
happy with your work that by the time they check (if they ever do) it won’t matter.”
-- Jennifer says, “I’m sure you’ll arrive at the best decision on your own; I’ve always known you
to be an honest person.”
-- George says, “It is never all right to lie, even when you are unlikely to get caught and it seems
relatively harmless to do so.
”To begin our discussion this week; let's discuss some of the following questions:
1. Which of the Three Primary Schools of Ethics is each of Helen’s friends relying upon?
2. Can you imagine other people using the same approaches to arrive at different kinds of
3. Do one of these Three Primary Schools of Ethics feel like the style you usually use already?
I believe Henry’s response is aligned with the Consequentialist theory, which is relying
on Helen’s work ethic as the basis of the decision (Dobrin, 2012). This is because he
states that by the time they find out she lied it won’t matter because her work ethic is so
great. Jennifer’s response is aligned with the Deontological theory because she is relying
on Helen’s honesty to adhere to the rules and requested job qualifications. George’s
response is aligned with the
Virtue Theory of Ethics, which is relying on Helen’s character
as the key element of her ethical decision. He is saying that whether or not she gets
caught, it’s never OK to lie.
Yes, I can imagine other people using the same approaches to any dilemma they may be
facing. I believe we all face ethical decisions every so often that lead us to seek the
advice of friends or family members. Everyone has a different set of opinions and
different people make different choices. Ultimately, a person’s decision is nobody’s but
their own. We all have to follow our own morals and ethics when making any decision.