Imagine a 15 year old student in philosophy class. After discussing why should you or shouldn't you judge other societies, and getting in depth with ethics, the teacher decides to tell a story to the class. She says"..there is a tribe in the Amazon(Brazil) were they show love and respect by cutting body parts.It would be a good sign if your father cuts a finger of a son...." she then asked the class ".... if you end up in the Amazon, would you stop a father cutting a sons finger because in your society is wrong? Can you imagine how disappointed would the family be if this happens?
Is that ethics?. Before getting into the conclusion, lets first understand what the word ethics means.
By definition from the Webster's third new international dictionary, unabridged
1 ethics plural but usually singular in construction : the discipline dealing with what is good and bad or right and wrong or with moral duty and obligation
2 a : a group of moral principles or set of values b : a particular theory or system of moral values c ethics plural but singular or plural in construction : the principles of conduct governing an individual or a profession : standards of behavior
This discussion about what is good or bad, right or wrong, has gone for thousand of years. One of the great philosophers , Socrates(469-399 BC), already questioned this with the result of being trailed and sentenced to death.
"Looking back on the early history of philosophy, later philosophers traced to Socrates a major turn in its development. As Cicero puts it: 'Socrates was the first to call philosophy down from the heavens... and compel it to ask questions about life and morality' (Tusculan Disputations V 10-11). Previously it had been concerned with the origins and nature of the physical world and the explanation of celestial and other natural phenomena. Modern scholarship follows the ancients' lead in referring standardly to philosophers before Socrates collectively as 'Presocratics'"
COOPER, JOHN M. (1998, 2004). Socrates . In E. Craig (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge. Retrieved May 12, 2006, from http://www.rep.routledge.com/article/A108SECT1
Ethics gives you more questions than answers. Can it be, that what i think is right, its actually the opposite in another part of the world?
The bottom line is that we are different.We have different cultures, we are raised with different values and that sometimes we forget we are not the only "culture" in the world.
Ethics at work, specifically applied to employees is one of the most important tasks of the human resources team of any company. Whether it's right or wrong, good or bad, it must be communicated, explained and done from the top of the management team all the way to the employees. Situations were ethics come into play are really common in any given day at work. ...