Ethics and Duty

Below is a list of questions that you should try to have answers to as soon as possible. These are not the kind of questions you want to be contemplating "on the fly". Please be warned, these are hard, depressing issues to deal with. I highly suggest that you have something fun and distracting scheduled for later in the evening. Go out and get ice cream or go to a happy movie. Anything that will cheer you up. Thinking about these kinds of questions will bum you out in a big way.

If you've got a handle on the above, then you've come half way to being "prepared" for an emergency. Just having a solid idea where you stand on certain issues can make the difference between life and death. It will certainly effect the happiness you get out of life, both now and during a crisis. It's worth the time. When minutes, even seconds count, you won't have to make snap decisions based solely on intuition.


Here is where your own beliefs take control, and logic just hangs along for the ride. "Duty" is a psychological compulsion to do or say something. And because it has no physical or logically defined rules or absolutes, I can't give you anything but basic guidance. Like ethics, duty usually comes to us as a question, so once again, here is a list to get your thinker started.

Here, I've run into a moral delema. If I really feel that something big is coming down, and being in the city just isn't safe, then isn't it my duty to do everything I can to get my family and myself out of there and to some quiet place in the country? The answer is that it may be your duty, but it's not theirs. Consider this: Suppose you said to your soulmate, and your teen-age daughter that you were selling your house in the burbs and moving to a small trailer in upper Montana. Your soulmate says, okay, but your daughter says, "Have fun guys. I'll be staying at Bobby's for now on..."

Yup, that's the end alright...