E is for… (#AtoZChallenge 2012)

E is for Ethics

(Post 5 on my WIP)

Travelling through time could easily become quite messy (think of the warnings Hermione gives Harry when they are using the Time-Turner in Prisoner of Azkaban) and so the Commander has drafted in Dr (of Philosophy) Grace Aire to teach the Ethics of Time Policing to the trainees. Their first assignment sees them select a scenario and apply the relevant ten ethical principles to this. Jane’s scenario proves to be a little more than simply hypothetical.

Could Cate Blanchett play Dr Grace Aire? (Image from imdb.com)

Ethics of Time Policing

1.    Time police should not use their position to their own personal advantage.
2.    Time police should be as sure as they can be of the guilt of a suspect before returning to the past scene of a crime to apprehend the subject.
3.    Time police should only use time travel to protect the lives of those they have been authorised to do so.
4.    Time travel is not to be used to protect property except when this has been identified as of national, world or universal significance.
5.    Time police should at all times display honesty in their dealings with members of the public and each other, expect in situations where honesty will pose a safety risk.
6.    Time police are not authorised to use terminal force except in the preservation of the life of themselves, a fellow time cop or an innocent bystander.
7.    Time police must identify themselves as such before apprehending a subject.
8.    Time police should respect the equality and diversity of all and not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, colour, gender, sexuality, etc.
9.    Time police should not allow any authorised personnel access to time travel technology, including selling technological software, hardware and documentation.
10.    Time police report to the state and protect the city and time which they serve. Time police should obey all orders given by superiors unless they have sufficient evidence to suggest that an order contravenes one of the other nine directives.

Can you identify which of the ethical principles would you find it most difficult to uphold, and why?

Posted on April 5, 2012, in #am writing (and all things writing related), April A-Z Challenge, Training Time (WIP) and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I love that you use A to Z to do the background work for your novel!

    for me that would be 10 🙂 I suck at obeying orders 😉

  2. oh, I LOVE Cate Blanchett, she could play any role!! I saw her on stage at the Kennedy Center in “Street Car Named Desire” and she lit up the stage.

    great post! will be back to read more.

    found you on the a to z, feel free to take a peek at my blog too if you have time:



    • Thanks for the kind comment – I think she is fab too. It must have been amazing to see her on stage (different intensity to film). Of course I’ll pop along to your blog – TY for the link.

      Hope you enjoy the rest of the challenge – it’s fun meeting lots of new people.

  3. Wow, you’ve really given this time travel and ethics a lot of thought! I don’t know which one would be the most important. I’d have to give it a lot of thought. I enjoyed the list and thought provoking ideas.
    I’m visiting on the A to Z Challenge and am a new follower.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

    • Hi Kathy,

      I can’t take the credit, the Commander of the Time Academy Benjamin Trainer and Dr Grace Aire worked these up togehter ;o). Thanks for commenting. Will pop over to your blog now.

  4. Wow! Your topic certainly gives me some wonderful story ideas. Time police and all! And I think cate blanchett rocks.
    Great A-Z post!

  5. This was a thought provoking post. I think number 6 would be hardest because knowing when to harm someone to protect another is hard enough but in the context of time travel and understanding the repercussions on the future. It gives me a headache just thinking about it. All the best – Joe, A-Z Challenge visitor.

  6. jny_jeanpretty

    Ultra cool entry–I was drawn in instantly. By the way I think Cate is an awesome actress and really knows her stuff!

    I had no problem choose the most difficult regulations I would struggle with. Number 1. and Number 10.
    I have no idea why, but those really got me!

    Thanks, jean

  7. You have an intriguing premise there, very interesting! Time travel is my favorite sci-fi kind of novel, actually, the only one I read. I will be looking out for more of your posts.

    Thanks for visiting my place.
    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

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