Hello, dear reader, this is a continuation of my discussion of the Seven Principles of Bioethics. The first was Autonomy and I’ll be writing more each day of the first week of 2017. So please take the time to read through the first one, to subscribe for future content, and to comment on your NYR in any one of the Seven Principles of Bioethics posts. This is #2 of seven, clearly.
Dia Kurosawa (left) and Mari Ohara (right) cards from the Love Live! School Idol Festival mobile game (available on iOS and Android, for JP server only)
Note that Dia’s birthday is actually New Year’s Day, so I guess it’s accurate to unofficially call this card set (total of nine) the ‘New Year’s 2017″ set.
With benevolence, it takes the meaning of doing things in benefit of other people, to never be solely self-interested. (Easier said than done, hahaha!)
For me, this means that I must try my best to assist with a patient’s preferences, capabilities, and ease. In general life, this means trying your best to do favours for others. That goes without needing to say “within reason”. If people ask for your life savings, or anything that is considered valuable and necessary for you to live with, then I wouldn’t consider it. The onus is on you to figure out what you can and can’t sacrifice to protect yourself and those around you.
While it may seem quite noble and expected to be abundant in society, in practice, it’s awfully difficult to perform properly. In many cases, what may be more beneficial for a patient may put at risk many other lives in the process (e.g.: manufacturing and handling radioactive isotopes for radiographic examinations). I’m reminded of this only recently, where my mother was required to fill out an MRI information form, which (in part) underlined the minor and severe health risks related to the MRI contrast material (requested by the doctor) to be injected.
Moreover, I also realise that it’s easy to misinterpret people’s devotion to helping other with being a jerk. People sometimes get so caught up on looking after one person that they forget to widen their vision and analytics to encompass the effect on others. We all fall victim to that, and while I personally am tolerant of it to some degree, I am not all-loving, despite my desire to be so.
I do believe that I accept things in a completely opposing way to what others believe in, and some days I just wish that people could just accept me, instead of trying to change me. Some days, people tell me off because they think I have no heart or vigour to go about doing things which are necessary to help others around us (i.e.: learning to drive, working part-time, completely abandoning gaming, and committing all friendships as superficial – to trust no one but your parents, who are as fallible as you are…but I digress).
In the end, that’s how I see it. What are your thoughts? Let me know either in the comments, or through the Contact Me page. Share it on social media to spread the discussion further, and subscribe to the blog to keep up to date.
Thank you, my dear reader. Hope you have a Happy New Year, and as always, DFTBA!