“ Ethics is a way of looking at the world. It’s a process that helps us come to terms with our toughest dilemmas . It’s not a compromise. It’s a lens.” R. Kidder R. Kidder
Ethical Fitness “ is a vehicle for reflective dialogue to be absorbed quietly without the pressure of a looming ethical dilemma– so that, when the moment for the action arrives, the thinking has already been done, the impulses internalized and the intuitions prepared to lead to resolutions that make the world a better place .” R. Kidder
Sheldon Berman The Bridges to Civility: Empathy, Ethics, and Service
Moral: having to do with right and wrong conduct Ethical: pertaining to the study of standards of right and wrong behaviour Value: that which has intrinsic worth; a principle, standard, or quality that is worthwhile Definitions: According to Rushworth Kidder
92% of the students said they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character
74% agreed with the statement,
``When it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know.''
``It doesn't bode well for the future that so many kids are entering the workforce to become the next generation of corporate executives and cops, politicians and parents, journalists, teachers and coaches, with the dispositions and skills of liars, cheaters and thieves.” Josephson
How accurate are the students' responses? 27% of those surveyed said that they lied on at least one of the questions. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aYvMinAiKtPk&refer=us
“ Ethics is not an inoculation. It’s a process. I’ve never met anyone who has good judgment simply because they once had good judgment. They have it because they keep exercising it. That’s what ethics is all about: practice, exercise, and doing right at every turn.” Rushworth Kidder, How Good People Make Tough Choices How is this quotation relevant to your context?
Testing for Right-versus-Wrong The legal test The professional-standards test The gut-feeling test The front-page test The role-model test
Pits the interests of the individual, standing all alone against those of some larger group (to which the individual also often belongs). Or it could be about the interests of one person compared to another, or the interests of a small group compared to those of some other, larger group.
E.g. Teen offered a good one day job that pays lots of $ but promised his S.S. classmates that he would be there to work on the project
The immediate needs of the present conflict with those of the future. It’s a “bird in the hand” versus “two birds in the bush.” If we don’t feed ourselves today, we won’t live to see tomorrow; yet if we don’t plan ahead for tomorrow, we could find ourselves hungry and adrift then, too.
E.g. Take the job that pays more now (and you need the money) but may not lead anywhere, or take the job that will develop and pay more in the long run.
Is a choice between “going by the book” and “bending the rules.” It involves choosing between fairness and equal treatment of everyone, on the one hand, and compassion and allowing for exceptions, on the other.
E.g. Let a student who is having troubles at home off easy when homework is not done or fail him because that’s what was said would happen at the beginning of the year
Is about being honest versus keeping one’s word. “Telling the truth” most commonly means accurately reporting the facts, whereas loyalty focuses on honor – allegiance to a friends, a group, or a set of ideas.
E.g. Principal knows you know who egged the school but if you tell you are going to get your best friend in trouble
“ I ought never to act except in such a way that I can also will that my maxim should become a universal law.” Kant
CARE-BASED : Golden Rule
“ Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Test: Right vs Wrong Decision Legal Code of Ethics Gut Feeling Newspaper Role Model Analyze: Right vs Right Dilemma Truth vs Loyalty Self vs Community Short Term vs Long Term Justice vs Mercy Resolve: The Higher Right Ends Based Rule Based Care Based Fails 2 Tests Stop Don’t do it . Doesn’t fit a paradigm Stop Not at dilemma Fails a caution test Resolve one way Trilemma Third Way Out Resolve the other way