Intangible Benefit – UPSC Ethics Case Study

You are now a retired police officer. During your service you were known for utmost honesty and integrity. You were loved by the people wherever you served as an officer. Recently, you were diagnosed with a harmless cancer, which if neglected would turn into malignant and life-threatening one. You are advised to undergo surgery immediately. In the hospital where you are undergoing treatment, an oncologist comes to know that you were the person who had rescued his mother and him from being beaten to death by relatives over property issue, and later given his mother job and enabled her to lead an independent life. Out of gratitude, he now wants to treat you without charging a penny. He also tells you that he would waive all medical expenses. But, you do not agree with this and tell him that you can manage the expenses. However, the oncologist insists and cures you of cancer free of cost. He also tells you that he would regularly visit you and keep a track of your health.

a) What values do you see in this case study? In your opinion, how these values can be inculcated in children? Discuss. (150 Words)
b) Will you ever return the medical expenses in some form to the oncologist? Justify why. (150 Words)
I see in this study values of.
    1. Empathy towards a mother and a son who are in need.
    2. Gratitude from the doctor for the service of a police officer.
    3. Integrity and honesty of the police officer during his tenure in serving the people.
    4. Responsibility of officer in ensuring that mother gets a job and lead an independent life.
    5. Accountability to the duty one is endowed with i.e. public service, here of police officer.
It is through one’s actions these values can be inculcated in children. Taking children to orphanages to show them what empathy is, making them aware of inequalities in society which is cause of major social ills and asking them to help poor and old aged etc. would inculcate in them responsibility toward society. When received a help from others just saying ‘Thank you’ in itself is showing gratitude and telling them the same. Showing examples of people in society like police officers, national Army etc. on what honesty and integrity means and asking them to follow such eminent personalities. It is not just preaching, through¬† practice parents and others can inculcate such qualities which will sustain their ability to follow them.
(b)  Yes, I will return medical expenses. As a retired Police officer if I take any monetary, asset or other help from doctor in return for what I have done in my service that would amount to bribing for the past service. During service, it is my duty to serve people and what I have done is just part of it. Gratitude from a person benefited from my past actions can be simply acknowledging it and that itself is a great satisfaction for me. Taking monetary help that too when I can afford my expenses would amount to no less than corruption. If not immediately, I would return the entire amount to the doctor in some or other form and then only I can derive complete job satisfaction which otherwise will degrade my years of service with integrity and honesty. I will not allow petty benefit to defy my conscience which believes in serving honestly with true to self and the society.



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