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Teaching College Students How to Solve Real-Life Moral Dilemmas

An Ethical Compass for Quarterlifers

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Robert J. Nash and Jennifer J.J. Jang

Teaching College Students How to Solve Real-Life Moral Dilemmas will speak to the sometimes confounding, real-life, moral challenges that quarterlife students actually face each and every day of their lives. It will spell out an original, all-inclusive approach to thinking about, and applying, ethical problem-solving that takes into consideration people’s acts, intentions, circumstances, principles, background beliefs, religio-spiritualities, consequences, virtues and vices, narratives, communities, and the relevant institutional and political structures. This approach doesn’t tell students exactly what to do as much as it evokes important information in order to help them think more deeply and expansively about ethical issues in order to resolve actual ethical dilemmas. There is no text like it on the market today. Teaching College Students How to Solve Real-Life Moral Dilemmas can be used in a variety of ethics courses.
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Chapter 11. What Are Some Ethical Challenges in Trying to Create a Life of Self-Care, Tranquility, and Balance, and How Can Students Resolve Them?

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WHAT ARE SOME ETHICAL CHALLENGES IN TRYING TO CREATE A LIFE OF SELF-CARE, TRANQUILITY, AND BALANCE, AND HOW CAN STUDENTS RESOLVE THEM?

We often hear so many of our quarterlife students agonize over whether they can ever achieve some balance, some self-restoration, and some self-compassion in their busy lives. Our students spend their days running from one appointment to the next, from one class meeting and one homework assignment to the next, from one campus party to the next, from one date to the next, and from one volunteer project or work space to the next. As one of them said to us recently: “I live my life on a conveyor belt that never stops. Either I have to jump off every now and then, or I fall off completely. I crash! Does life ever slow down? When do I take care of myself? Why is it that I’m always living my life off kilter?” Actually, at some time or another, we hear variations of these questions from everyone we know who is connected to higher education, whether student or professional. In this chapter, we explore the ethical challenges that most of our students face each and every day in trying to take care of their own needs along with trying to meet the needs that others either wittingly or unwittingly impose on them. ← 157 | 158 →

Our Ethical Position on Self-Care, Tranquility, and Balance

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