I have long been transfixed with the idea that a lot of well meaning
folks talk about ethics constantly. They talk about it in business, education or what-have-you but few really practice exercising
those alleged values they espouse they believe with a passion as though they have been relieved of any responsibility and
therefore it is somebody else's job to mind the store of morality.
During the past 20 years the Center for Entrepreneurship, freedom and
Ethics (CEFE.org) has rarely seen much effort made by individuals or institutions
to ignite either ethical behavior or cooperative accountability in business, government, or education. Mostly, there has been
just lip-service. After all these years of so-called "awareness" and "diversity" training, and issues
of local, national and international concern brought to the light one after the other followed all too frequently with no
consequences or blanket citizen indictment to beg to have it remedied. We all have observed there is plenty of no action talk
to go around as the bulls have the run of the China Shop.
Academics, politicians and executives playing the "we
are ethical" game have studied and talked about ethics incessantly; how they believe in it, how their organizations choose
to live it; and how they want to train their management and staff employees in ethics and character development. Unfortunately,
precious few have stepped outside their comfy zone and proven to actually live the talk or walk the walk.
Americans and much of the world have witnessed first hand ethical breeches of unimaginable proportions from the slaying and
genocide of innocent people in the Middle East to the genocide of those on display around the world who don't cow tow
to a particular interpretation of a holy book or one people from the same nation killing each other with abandon and engaging
in using heinous weapons like Serin gas to achieve their ends. These disgusting human beings reign death down on an unsuspecting
public of unimaginable proportions. When is enough enough? When do we say "that's it"?
in the betrayal of humanity do not come from those who 'didn't know they didn't know.' Rather, the violators
of human life came from organizations and individuals who lead them who 'did know and didn't' put
a cap on it and continue to refuse to respond to the outcries of even their enemies to cease the butchery and to ignore
the 'right to life' every human being allegedly possesses and to be shared for the welfare of all.
In recent years
ethical crises, one after another, have spread like wildfire. Those in higher education, business, science, the professions,
government, and even the alleged esteemed and impartial 'fourth estate', the press and media, have fallen prey. Each
in its own way has become immune ethical excess and breaches left and right and find in their attempts to be fair and all
things to all people that they have indeed left their moral fiber hanging on the hook. Is is a bungled and morally bankrupt
catastrophe. Fear of being biased to those who are completely biased and are impervious to being civil find they one by one
by one fall into the pit of mind-numbing ethical excess and the public betrayal we call "HELL".
Fred DiUlus, PhD
Author of The Practice of Ethics
The Failed Role of Academia
Leaders Fail Ethics 101