Q) One of your friends, Ram, came to you and talked about his depression and thoughts of committing
suicide. As you are a civil servant, Ram wanted to share his feelings with you. However, you yourself is very
depressed and feeling saddened due to your superior’s behavior and act of corruption. In such situation,
a) What options do you have? Explain with merits and demerits.
b) What action will you take to solve this situation?
Ethical Issues Involved:
Your duty towards friendship
Courageous value as a civil servant
Attitude of running away from problem
Responsibility of family on you and your friend
Duty to exposed and stop corruption in the department
Setting strong precedent for the behavior of superior
Moral of your subordinate
In this case, Ram has lost faith in himself and I am worried about the corruption and superior’s behavior. There is a
need of motivation for both of us. In this situation, I have following options:
1. Ignore the feelings of Ram:
Merits: I can handle my own depression and focus in preventing corruption in the department. Also I can focus on
how to motivate myself.
Demerits: I will be running from the duty of friendship. It will leave guilt for me if Ram commits suicide. Also, if he
died, there will be huge burden on his family.
2. Share your feelings with Ram:
Merits: It will make him understand that I am also suffering from problem and he will ask someone else for his
Demerits: Such actions may takes both of you in more depression and the sad environment will be created around
you. In this process the chances of committing suicide by Ram will be very high.
3. Self-motivation for me and motivational demonstration for Ram:
Self-motivation will help me coming out of low thoughts and focus on my duties as a civil servant and a
This will help me in finding a way for preventing corruption in my department.
For motivational demonstration, I will take Ram to a poverty sicken areas where people are fighting for
their survival with a courage and honesty to make their life beautiful.
This may help Ram changing his attitude towards living happy life.
Demerits: Motivation may not work for Ram.
Motivation works in number of cases. Here, the chances of Ram leaving the thoughts of suicide and focus on his
work and family are high. Thus, using the third option, I will try to solve the above issue.