I would rank nonmaleficence as the most important principal. In my life in general, I always live by the standard that I would not cause harm to others. Even when I first joined the Army as a 18 year old , I initially tried to refused to carry a weapon as a medic and told my platoon leader, I joined as a medic to help people and not to harm them. I would then rank beneficence as my second principle because it requires me to help a person and weigh the risks of the benefit of helping vs the cost (Hoener, 2020). I would then rank Justice as third Because I believe that all people are deserving of the same treatment and should have the same access to healthcare, decent housing education and opportunity. Respect for autonomy would rank last because I think that people should be allowed to make their own decisions but not at the expense of what is morally right or to the detriment of others.
I think that my ranking pretty much aligns with the way the would be ordered in biblical context. The bible teaches us that life is sacred and we are all created in God’s image. Therefor we would do no harm. Proverbs 28:27 says He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. I see this as an example of the benefits of helping vs the cost of not helping others. Romans 12:13 says “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” I think this is representative of justice. It is a Christian principle to help others in need. In my view last would be respect for autonomy because I feel man has a greater need to do what God has intended and not give into temptation for what might be easier for themselves. An example of this would be adam and eve eating the apple from the forbidden tree when instructed not to by God.
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