A morally flexible culture
Updated: Sep 26, 2022
"Be like a postage stamp. Stick to a thing till you get there"– Josh Billings, American humourist
Ethics, from ‘ethos’ – Greek for “character” – encompasses honesty, respect, integrity and professionalism. It’s defined as standards of moral behaviour or professional conduct which helps one to act in a certain fashion in order to conform to some standard of moral or professional behaviour.
That definition tells and spells the paradox that morals and professionalism are inseparable twins. That team spirt is a brand by itself. Are you as a professional willing to be morally flexible for all the right reasons, or are you a morally inflexible professional for all the right purposes? Albert Einstein quipped that relativity applies to physics, not to ethics.
Imagine a society where these twins are the gold standard.