Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ethics Counts

     "Character does count. For too long we have gotten by in a society that says the only thing right is to get by and the only thing wrong is to get caught. Character is doing what's right when nobody is looking..."
     Whenever I touch upon this subject, it is with total contempt. We all make our share of mistakes (didn’t someone mention about erring as human, and forgiving as divine). Totally acceptable. But what if the act is manipulative and intended towards unwarranted gain. Are Ethics important in today’s competitive world where the sole purpose is to win?
     My observations of the corporate scene have been highly thought provoking. It wouldn’t be surprising if I get a patent for my thoughts. To start off, let’s go back to the classroom definition of Ethics. Ethics (also known as moral philosophy) is a branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality — that is, concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, justice, virtue, etc. It’s true that we define the boundaries of good and evil, right and wrong. Moreover human psychology flaunts the thought that circumstances make the man. That allows us the freedom to do what we want. Does it stop there? Well, no. Any act wouldn’t be considered worthy enough unless there is potential gain involved. So the loop ends with the quote at the beginning of the discussion. It’s fine to be ethical with reason, as long as you don’t get caught.
     The major reason why I loved my stint at Aditi was because of the company’s core values.The 5 core values focused on being Creative, People Driven, Socially Conscious, Intense and (the most important of all) Ethical. Another value that’s repeatedly missed out in today’s world is the adherence to time. On most occasions, we fail to delve on the importance of time, ours and everyone else’s. That’s how character is molded.
     When I was a kid, I made a mistake. I still remember it well enough because I wasn’t punished for it. And yet, deep down the shame burnt me to withers. It instilled values in me, the importance of being honest, ethical and earnest. Perhaps everyone should be given a second chance. Only a second chance.
     “Give me a chance to redeem myself and I shall sin, no more. “ – The Godfather.

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