ETHICAL CASE: RETURNING UNSPENT MONEY
DevAnand runs who runs an NGO to help street children receives government grant of Rs.2 lakh rupees for a project to teach the out of school children. In this specific year, Dev utilizes only 50000 rupees from the grant since many poor people could not join his NGO program. The grant rules state that all unspent money must be returned by March 31st.
The ethical issue is whether to return the money or keep it. Keeping it here means using it only for street children and not personal use. The ethical decision is however in the next part where he gets other suggestions to bend the rules from his colleague Pran who suggests that:
Dev has a decision to make. Will it be fully ethical and moral as Pran says it would?
Money is a good thing that really helps with the NGO but again morally ethical standards must be upheld at all times.
Aristotle states that each activity has a final cause, a good at which it aims. He states that responsible action must be taken voluntarily. Thus there are issues involved here; virtue, happiness, will, deliberate choice, voluntary action. The good for human must essentially involve the entire proper function of human life as a whole, and this must be an activity of the soul that expresses genuine virtue or excellence.
So for me it is the intrinsic factors that matter most.. I would rather achieve virtue than material. I might have a desire for helping street kids but what is my reason. When I am able to find the boundary then I cannot even think about keeping the money. Virtue comes first.
Lockwood, Thornton. “A Topical Bibliography of Scholarship on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics: 1880 to 2004.” Journal of Philosophical Research, 30(2005), pp. 1-116
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