In “Caring,” Nel Noddings speaks about the difference between natural and ethical caring. She says that “a mother’s caretaking efforts in behalf of her child are not usually considered ethical but natural.” This means that when it comes to caring for children most mother’s have the natural instinct to nurture them. Ethical caring “occurs in response to” you remembering your natural instincts to care for your loved ones. Ethical caring is based off of our values and morals. Sometimes we care for others because we think it’s the right thing to do or because we’re obligated to do so “out of duty and not out of love.” For instance, if I were to see a child drowning I would help them because it’s the right thing to do and I value the lives of others.
Rachel Aviv writes about a woman named Emma and her seven children who live in the Philippines. Emma works tirelessly to provide for her family, but struggles to make enough money to keep them afloat. She decides to move to the United States and starts working as a nanny. Although Emma cared for these other children like they were her own, she did this because she was obligated to. It wasn’t the same as caring for her own children. This made me think of what Nel Noddings says about ethical caring. Emma remembered how and what to do when caring for these children because it was something she was used to, just like nurses care for their patients.