110. Ethics, Education and Social Development
S. Rajathy and P. Thankappan
School of Environmental Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Cochin - 682 016
V. Usha Sri
Senior Lecturer in Education, Sri Sarada College of Education, Salem - 636 016
The present paper deals with the need and scope for bioethics in teacher training at both school and college levels. Subject areas are identified and suggestions are given to include bioethics in teacher training program. A suggested plan of action to moral judgment and value clarification, mainly through environmental education forms the focal point of this paper.
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1. If every aspect of life (biological) is to be treated as identical, then it would result in a pantheistic approach in which every form of life would contribute to every other form. While this is true in a mechanistic sense ecologically, why is it that humans feel strongly about the preservation and sustenance of life in all its diversity? This would be natural if mankind appears to have received a mandate to do so. [Selfish reasons such as keeping the planet habitable for the next generation etc. lack of the motivation which is noble and would smack of doing the right thing for not the right-enough reasons].
2. Evidences from Cosmology and biology now conclusively show that we live in a finite but highly ordered fine tuned universe. The information content in the DNA could not have come about from non-intelligent random processes and the finite universe cries out in favour of a trans-material trans-temporal Originator to it.
3. Even a seminar like this assumes that moral and ethical issues will have to transcend national borders. While cultures and religions around the world have proposed various approaches to the question of ethics, it is quite obvious that the basis for ethics has to be absolute. If not, there will be no way of saying whether one approach to ethics is better than other - we can only say that it is different from the others. We reach the inescapable that the Originator of the Universe is not only Infinite (because He created the finite universe of which we are a part) but also Moral (His absolute standards would provide the basis for any branch of ethics)
4. It would also be reasonable to deduce that we humans are in some special way capable of understanding the Creator's wishes, one of which is sanctity of life - He who cannot create life cannot arrogate himself the right to destroy it.
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