Exploring a higher standard
in Part 4 of this series, we looked at where ethics, as we currently understand it, falls short of the mark, in terms of the extent of corruption, greed and abuse we witness in so many facets of society. We asked whether there might be a higher standard we could be looking to. This week, in the final part of this series, we look at what that higher standard could be.
What we need to be willing to see is, our choice to allow things we know are less than what we all truly deserve, actually has an impact on everyone around us.
We tend to think of ourselves as silos, i.e. we live in our little neck of the woods (or city/town) and others live in theirs, and what we do just stays with us, and vice versa. But our society is exactly that – a society – in other words, it is made up of each and every individual within it. The quality that we each bring to that society, and therefore to each other – including equally by what we say/do as by what we stay silent about and accept, is the quality of society that we all end up living in.
If we bring silence and allowing of lesser behaviour, then we are saying loud and clear to the rest of the people around us – that we do not actually care enough to put a stop to it. Ouch!
We would have to admit that – we are all very aware of the possibility of more. What we are not so good at, is committing to reflecting that ‘more’ to ourselves and all around us, in our day to day life. Continue reading “Being ethical in work and life – Part 5”