Why Ethical Decision Making Is Imperative In The Coronavirus Crisis

25 March, 2020

As the outbreak of COVID-19 engulfs more of our lives we are increasingly faced with serious ethical questions about what ordinary people should be obliged to do for others. Acting selfishly has more consequences than usual right now.

As laws and rules struggle to catch up with the rapidly changing situation, and the communications coming from authorities are unclear, confusing and sometime contradictory, ethical decision-making by ordinary people becomes crucial. However in a pandemic this is not easy.

Unfortunately, human beings suffer from decision-making biases. For example, we often interpret expectations as entitlements. We convert our ordinary expectations about social, work, educational, religious and sporting routines into demands that these should continue.

This article explores why it’s so important that individually we all exercise ethical judgement and offers 5 rules of thumb to navigate the moral challenges created by COVID-19, with the reminder that as the stakes rise, acts of kindness and support are more important than ever before.

Read the full article here.

via The Conversation, 24 March 2020

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