Posted: July 15th, 2022

Parable of the Sadhu

 

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A “sadhu” is an Indian holy man that by definition is an “ascetic.”  People who are familiar with sadhus know that they take a vow of poverty, much like some orders of Roman Catholic nuns or Buddhist priests.  They depend on the kindness of strangers to share food, clothing, and sometimes, shelter. This story is based upon the experiences of multi-national bank CEO Bowen McCoy, who went to Nepal to fulfill a life time dream to climb Mount Everest. McCoy and his party of climbers and Nepalese sherpas (guides, servants, and climbing assistants who have years of experience climbing Mount Everest)), encountered a freezing Sadhu on the side of the road (see article).  They were unsure whether they should help him and to what extent, especially because helping the Sadhu might mean keeping their party from completing the climb to the summit of Mount Everest. 

Your job is to state what the issues are in this story and examine the choices and decisions that McCoy considered about how to take care of the Sadhu.  Use read the Stephen Carter article and use his ideas to make sure your decision has “integrity.”  If you believe in integrity as a factor or not, be sure to specifically state your reasoning. Use the authors’ names to give them credit such as (Carter, p.33)  OR (McCoy, p. 6).

Stephen Carter’s short article about integrity will help you compare the facts to his three step definition of integrity.

Your essay should be 3-5 pages long, typed in12 point font and double spaced.  Please do not separate paragraphs by more than two lines. 

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