What is moral dilemma?
Well, it’s a situation in which difficult choices are made between two alternatives. In this case it is closely governed by another factor, which we all seem to dislike greatly. It is simply “Morals”.
You have a plethora of dilemma in this world, just to name some that I know of, you have the religious dilemma (gay and Christian! – according to many Christians it is unheard of), and then you have the political dilemma (killing one innocent person to save five?). Be it whatever, it is all governed by a tiny fraction of morality. A lot of people affixate on what morality should or should not be, when growing up. Somtimes it even takes their character to the edge of who they are.
“Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. Right is right even if no one is doing it”
I met a young man in his mid-twenties, while my stay in England and he used to shoplift from the local supermarket to meet his daily needs. Now of course, you have to remind yourself that he is one of the dearest person that I have ever met (well apart from my prince) and a rather amusing personality he had. I spend my day with him in the park most days yet, It never occured to me once to ask him not to shoplift anymore. I have known him for the past 3 months now and I certainly believe I have earned his loyalty and friendship at this point. Having brought up in a christian family myself, I knew the ramifications of stealing but, I absolutely could not muster up the courage to tell my friend it is wrong to steal, as I knew his situation.
Very fittingly, one could ask why didn’t your friend seek some help from the local charity, perhaps they could have helped him. My new friend did not like to get the help that he so desperately needed out of the local charity, purely because he desired no unwanted attention from the other homeless people at the charity. Thus in his right mind he made a definitive and a concious decision not to walk in to the chairty for food or for any help for that matter. A religious hypocrite would say wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it and right is right even if no one is doing it. I partially condem that statement as we’re all humans with blushing flesh and ruby red blood under those fine robes even so the morals I grew up with would ask me to live according to the law of the land.
“Why didn’t you?”
One morning I did not find my new friend in the park as we usually meet. Days and months rolled by and still no news. But, eventually, I met him just before Christmas, he was still wearing those evergreen jumpers from last winter. He looked pale and a lot of facial hair. My new friend looked at me and asked me “why didn’t you?“
The Netflix series Breaking Bad is one fine example for moral dilemma. The lead character intially contemplates with difficult choices in his personal life but soon gets engulfed by it and turns out to be a psychopathic murderer. He then later notices his loss of moral conscience and deals with it.
We as humans are meant to make decisions in our lives whether it be with our loved ones or at work or as a citizen of this world. We always have to make a morally right commitment along with a sprig of love thus ultimately defining who we really are.