The chosen film was Dancing on a Dream. This film was about a young girl named Michaela DePrince, who lost her father to the rebels in the civil war. Michaela was then sent to an orphanage by her uncle, and was treated unfairly because she had vitiligo. In this film, Michaela DePrince was eventually adopted into a loving family who helped her fulfill her dream of dancing (Liberty Mutual, 2013). Here, Tecoyia will discuss the issues that occurred in this film, as well as the ethical social pressures and decision that prevented these issues.
There are many issues in this film that should be address. First issue was a young girl losing her father in the bloody civil war by the rebels. The child became angry with everyone because she could not wake up and see her father anymore. The next issue would be the child’s mother trying to feed the children. The mother would not eat at times to make sure the children were feed. The next issue would be the uncle putting the child in an orphanage. Sending a child, who is already upset, to live with complete strangers can be dangerous. The child could become more depressed from being away from family. Another issue was the child feeling unwanted by the orphanage and having to compete for food, clothes and presents. Also for being judged for having an unknown disease, and being called the devils child.
The role that external social pressures have in influencing organizational ethics would be described as peer pressure. For example, if a community has concerns on how an organization is being run, the organization should be able to take into consideration their concerns and address them accordingly. In the film, Dancing on a Dream, the community could have spoken up about the way the orphanage was being ran so that they could help the lives of the children being raised there. However, due to the post war efforts, they had a lot of suffering going on that they could not take in all of the issues.
The issues that were stated above could be relevant to organizational decisions because they could improve lives of young children. For example, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is going on today. Many soldiers have died, leaving behind their loved ones and children. If these children had to go to an orphanage, the orphanage should make the decision to treat them all equally. The government should also take into consideration those who have young children when sending soldiers off into the war. The war should be stopped and all troops should be brought home. These issues would be relevant in person decisions because one could put themselves in the other person’s shoes. What if it was yourself going to war and leaving your family behind? What if it was your child that was being mistreated in an orphanage? There are always factors to determine when trying to make a decision, whether it be personal or in an organization. Family and war do not mix, but once one enters into the military, they have no choice in whether they go to war or not.
By definition, legal issues are questions concerning the protections that laws or regulations should provide (Bing, 2013). Ethical issues are defined as a branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality — that is, concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, justice, virtue, etc. (Boylan, 2009, p.X). In the film Dancing on a dream, the legal issues that came about were Michaela’s father having to fight in the war, being sent to an orphanage where no one wanted you, and being adopted into a great family. The ethical issues were Michaela’s mother doing what she could to provide for her children even if she did not eat, Michaela being sent to an orphanage and Michaela being adopted. The legal and ethical issues have a relationship of being similar. For example, when Michaela’s father was killed in the war, her mother used her ethics to do the right thing and provide for them as best as she could. Michaela’s uncle tried to do the ethical thing by sending her to an orphanage when he saw that her mother was getting depressed. However, this turned out to be more legal than ethical because it was wrong to send her to an orphanage where no one cares about her. Looking at the decisions that were made, Tecoyia would have tried to help Michaela’s mother take care of the children, instead of sending Michaela to a place where she doesn’t know anyone. She would have ethically stepped in and took the place of a nanny and helped the mother cook, clean, nurture, and provide for the kids.
The legal ethics really came into play when Michaela was adopted into a family who cared for her and gave her the love she deserved. They did not judge her because of her vitiligo, they embraced her. This was also an ethical issue because the adopted family did the right thing by loving her. They helped her follow her dreams and become a dancer. The loved her and gave her the life that she deserved.
In conclusion, the community can play a major role in what an organization decides. A great community will not let a business do unethical things in their community and will suggest better ideas collectively. No matter what the situation is that one may be going through; ethics always play a big role. Tecoyia learned that ethics happens in our everyday lives. She also learned that when making a decision, one must think about the consequences, and the right or wrong thing to do before deciding. Ask your community for suggestions when you are uncertain of what to decide. Whether you are right or wrong, it is still ethics. Make the right decisions in your everyday life that will not only help you, but others as well.
Bing. Ethical Issues (2013) Web definition http://www.ornl.gov/hgmis/publicat/genechoice/glossary.html
Liberty Mutual (2013), Dancing on a Dream. [Multimedia]. Retrieved from Liberty Mutual. http://responsibility-project.libertymutual.com/