Ladies and Gentlemen! I stand before you here in this P.O. Amphitheatre to posit a scenario for us to ponder. We are a social species that (for the most part) behaves in accordance with a set of unspoken rules and expectations.
I present before you a hypothetical situation that requires your judgement. I encourage you to consider:
- the contextual circumstances
- the perceived expectations of appropriate behaviour as determined by the interrelationships of the involved individuals
- the impact any judgment you make (or fail to make) has on “you”
Use of your scruples and conscience to inform your position in regards to this matter.
Make judgements! Go for it! This is an intellectual exercise!
THE SITUATION (2 parts)!
- Part 1: There was a party and two inebriated people (both over 18 years of age) end up ‘getting together’. One of the two people is your younger sister, the other is your best friend (male).
What would be your reaction to this?
All right. Now, setting aside your answer to my above question, let’s say that you were angered by the event. Your little sister was drunk and was taken advantage of by your best friend!
Despite both of them being drunk, both being over 18 and your sister initiating the flirting – she’s still your little sister! To you, it’s not an issue about her ‘being taken advantage of‘ but an issue of respect.
- Part 2: There is another party, this time you are now backpacking overseas. GASP!
They did it again. You don’t know a thing about it, but all of your friends do… Some of them your friends aren’t bothered by it, but some of them are.
Would you want them to tell you about it? (if so: while you’re still overseas or until you get back?)
If you were any person in this situation (the sister, the best friend, a bipartisan within the social circle).. how do you think you would feel?
Hmm… curiouser and curiouser…