Heinz Dilemma

Here's a what would you do kind of situation explored by Kohlberg in his stages of moral development. I am going to give you the scenario and then I'm curious what your thoughts are on the stages of moral development. Do you agree with them or do you think it is more complicated than what he is saying?

A woman was near death from cancer. One drug might save her, a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The druggist was charging $2,000.00, ten times what the drug cost him to make. The sick woman's husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money, but he could only get together about 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." The husband got desperate and broke into the man's store to steal the drug for his wife. Should the husband have done that? .... Why do you think so?

http://departments.weber.edu/chfam/resources/kohl…

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    06/21/14
    I'm selfish enough to admit that hell yes, if it saves the life of a loved one, I'd accept the penalty, but I'd also steal the drug. Life is worth it.
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      06/21/14
      I don't think that was a good idea him doing that
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        06/21/14
        We have to ask...is it wrong for the druggist to charge whatever he wants for something he created? Is it wrong of the druggist to not offer it at a lower price just because someone can't afford it? Does it then make it right because someone else can? Is the husbands crime made right simply because there is an emotional factor involved? It is a sad fact that the thing that drives people to create new and better cures is money. If we then take that aspect
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        06/21/14
        Ugh my child posted that before I was ready...but anyhow
        If we take the monetary factor out of drug creation...there is no new drug creation. They do not create drugs based in emotions...pharmaceuticals is a purely monetary profession. Just because you love someone....it doesn't make it right to steal for them.
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          06/22/14
          I am sure that if the mans wife could live stealing would be just one more sin I'd be forgiven for, I'll put it to you like this lets say were in conflict; (war or another distress) and the enemy held the supermarket under siege and my children are hungry, starving if any of you say that you would just sit back and ride some moral high horse I don't believe you PERIOD, now if you would fight a lion, to save your loved one ( and you know damned well you're no match for a lion) I know that the druggist would have to accept my set terms of repayment Final!
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