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The problem is the questions that need to be answered where not there.
1. Your task is to develop a list of four people who will remain in the other shelter. Who will be on you list.
2. Describe/list at least 5 criteria you used to determine who stays. What issue were you trying to resolve? Where there any assumptions you made about the situation or the individuals? What ethical system was the basis for your moral action?
I don't think there is one "right" answer to this question. There are several survival strategies that could be strategically used to make the available resources for 9 people last for 6 months, however, if we just want to strictly stick to the information given in the question and follow ethical guidelines, then this would be my answer:
Below is the list of people who my ethics management group will put out of the shelter.
- The Male mental patient
- The male congregational minister.
- The male biologist.
- The female attorney.
- The female college student.
The Male mental patient
Such a person may not only disrupt the rational thinking and morale of the group but also be a problem to himself. He is also the least likely member who can be helpful to other people around him. Also, he might feel the effects of nuclear radiation much lesser than the other members, so in that way he may die with lesser pain.
The male congregational minister.
He would be much more spiritual and closer to god than anybody else in that group, so in that way he would be able to take the pain of nuclear radiation much better than the other members.
The male biologist.
He is the second oldest male in the group and probably seen and done all that he would've wanted to in this world. Also, his relatively older body would succumb to nuclear radiation in a much quicker and lesser painful way than the others.
The female attorney.
My ethics group has eliminated three men already, so the other two would be women, so that there is no bias. The attorney is the oldest of the women and would've seen both the good and bad sides of this world in her profession. Also, she is likely to have achieved her ambitions to a good extent in her life, so my ethics group would like to give the other women(less older) in the group a similar chance.
The female college student.
This would be a tough decision. The other choice was between the pregnant woman and the little girl. Eliminating the pregnant woman was unthinkable because if she was sent out then she would suffer the most due to the pain of nuclear radiation. The little girl was not eliminated because of her young age and the fact that she hasn't seen much of the world at all.
The physician would be retained to look into the general health of the remaining group, and also to handle any emergency that may arise in the case of the pregnant woman. Even if the pregnant woman delivers a baby then the amount of resources saved by the lesser consumption in the case of the little girl would compensate for the extra needs of the child. The male carpenter would be retained because he's the youngest of the men and being a carpenter he's likely to be strong and help out the group with tough manual work.
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