The Parable of the Sadhu
In the Parable of the Sadhu, an ethical dillema was raised when, in the Himalayas, at an altitude of over fourteen thousand feet, an undressed man was visibly unhealthy. Men from different camps that were also traversing through these same mountains were helping this one man get back down to safety or at least a safer place than he was previously. Each individual that he was passed on to helped him in their own way, dressing him, feeding him, guiding him in the right direction, and leaving him in the hands of someone else instead of leaving him off in the wild for him to fend for himself and possibly become more delusional than he was before. Once visibly better, he was no longer under direct care from any specific person, or group of people, but in a village. He had his wits about him, and everyone went along with their schedule.
For the greater good, it can be argued that due to the nature of the pilgrimages of the groups that went to this perilpous region of the globe (that is notoriously known for claiming lives) and the time constraints nature placed on them, they did not owe the sadhu any assistance at all. However, being good-hearted people, they did help, but were not ggoing to miss the opportunity of their lives for the dicision of one or two out of the bunch to help this one man. In situations like this, many people are needed, every hand puts its help in, and if a couple of hands held back for the aide of another who wasn’t amongst them, it could have caused greater catastrophe for their group. Risking a group of people to save one is a good deed, but however unethical.
The principle of equal respect forces worth of some amount on every individual. Although we do have our own separate value and our own reasons why we dole that value amongst the people in our lives however we each see fit, we do place value on others, as we do ourselves. Had any of the members of any of the crews going up that mountain been the one...