This is my second post for the #pht402 professional ethics course that I’m participating in for the next few weeks. In order to stimulate thinking each participant in the course was required to engage with materials which can be found at topic for 2nd week.
“Do not judge lest he be judged”
I don’t know where in the bible that quote comes from, but it forms part of the foundation of Catholicism as well as what my parents have taught me over my simple 20 years. I was taught that before you make a comment on what you believe is wrong, think about your reaction, how it will be perceived and modify it accordingly… so basically have a “check yourself before you wreck yourself” attitude.
Yes I do believe gangerism, violence, abuse (especially against children is wrong) and drugs are wrong, but I am of sound mind to know that decisions are but our own and I only have control over my own. I do believe that people who wrong others should be punished, I might sound blunt, but I live in an area where petty crimes rule and a stance the community has taken in this regard is to form a neighbourhood watch. I also do believe that doing things the “proper” way is what’s best (although sometimes might take longer and yield poor results).
I have had the privilege to have been exposed to convicted criminals, substance abusers and people who have made reckless life decisions and are now sitting with a host of conditions, e.g., HIV/Aids. My morality has been tested… everyday whilst working, treating ad establishing bonds with these people I thought to myself, what is more important, doing what I think or believe is right or showing human dignity?
The latter of course! At the end of the day, those patients are still people, they might have made bad decisions but they still hunger for that human connection and its mandatory to give them that (for the lest).
On the question of whether its’ possible to be perfectly ethical, I believe it’s merely something to strive for; David Baldacci puts it so lovely in his number one bestseller, One Summer:
“You can do everything perfectly. Do everything that you think
You’re supposed to be doing. Fulfil every expectation that
Other people may have.
Life is crazy and maddening
And often makes no sense…
It’s got to do with reality”
So strive as you may, life and its craziness will often get in the way…
How has your morality been informed? Where is your balance?
For an interesting read check out Chardes blog, she merges psychology and morality so effectively with a blend of her own experiences so eloquently.
“Do your works with love”