Ethics. The word is everywhere. On every TV show, on every newscast, on billboards everywhere, in magazines… Everywhere. Yes, Ethics is top of mind… It is taking Center Stage. Finally. But maybe not for the right reasons. Once upon a time I was told to “lose the word Ethics” because it was unpopular and had a negative connotation. I refused. To me, creating and following strong ethical values is one of the most important actions each of us has the choice to make, and I teach people how to solve ethical dilemmas by understanding the underlying values embedded in the concept of ethics. The word Ethics still has a negative connotation to some, but now it’s being used to →
Aren’t you tired of all the terrible news? Paris, attacked again. Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox under allegations of sexual harassment and $13M in payouts. United passenger dragged off an airplane. Where has all the good news gone?? If we can create “fake news”, why can’t we also create “good news”?
In starting my research for this blog post I found a USA Today headline reading “Trump delivers the death blow to ethics.” Well That’s an Understatement! Presidential advisers pitching products, releasing fake news, accepting positions for which they have no qualifications or experience, fighting with federal judges, name calling, dismantling laws without considering consequences, brushing off conflicts of interest as irrelevant… Have I missed any???! If this isn’t the death of ethics I don’t know what is.