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John Q by Mind Map: John Q

1. Dilemma #1:

1.1. The hospital told John and his wife that they were going to release Mike because they failed to come up with enough money for the surgery. So, John bought a gun and threatened to shoot the doctor if he didn't preform the surgery on his son.

1.1.1. Kohlberg's Theories of Moral Development

1.1.1.1. Stage 5

1.1.1.1.1. Social Contract and Individual Rights: At this stage, an individual becomes aware that while rules/laws might exist for the greater good of society, there are times when they will work against the interest of particular individuals.

1.1.1.2. Stage 6

1.1.1.2.1. Universal Principles: At this stage, individuals have developed their own set of moral guidelines which may or may not fit the law. Meaning that a person will be prepared to act to defend these principles even if it means going against the rest of society in the process and having to pay the consequences of disapproval and or imprisonment.

2. Dilemma #2:

2.1. Initially when the hospital was first on lock down, John was overwhelmed with the amount of people and was unsure of what to do in that situation. Although he was armed with a gun that could have easily caused harm and violence, John did not use it on anyone. Instead, he did the opposite by allowing people to receive medical care and making it an overall safe environment.

2.1.1. Kohlberg's Theories of Moral Development

2.1.1.1. Stage 3

2.1.1.1.1. Good Interpersonal Relationships: In this stage, an individual acts good and morally just in order to be seen as being a good person by others. Therefore, answers relate to the approval of others.

2.1.1.2. Stage 4

2.1.1.2.1. Maintaining the Social Order: In this stage, an individual becomes aware of the wider rules of society so judgments concern obeying the rules in order to uphold the law and to avoid guilt.

3. Situation: John's son, Mike goes through heart failure and is in desperate need for a heart transplant or he will eventually die. However, John and his wife doesn't have enough money to afford the transplant.