I have been thinking of this a lot lately; even before this weeks events.
How corporations, government, manufacturers, scientist, doctors and so many people in general often behave as if ethics were a nuisance. They behave as if ethics were irrelevant. They worry maybe slightly about laws, but even then it is only in regards to avoiding consequences and not about having any responsibility to the people they rely on and /or support.
How do we counteract this very horrible issue? Well. My first option would be through embracing a true spirituality of actually caring for our fellow human, our planet, our own souls.
But since that’s too etherial for some people to materialize into actuality then maybe something as basic as a Court of Ethics is needed. This goes beyond the scope of the law into the murky waters of right vs wrong. Now obviously it will be flawed, but if certain base standards are set and if it has different levels of court, much like the law does now, and if there was a system in place for everyone; every corporation, governance, person, etc. Where no one was above it ever.
A basic code of conduct that then had a jury of peers as well. Where things could be handled at a person to person level or go all the way up to the highest courts available. Maybe even worldwide.
- Autonomy and informed consent
So everyone and every business, government, all entities could be brought to justice for defying any code of ethical behavior.
It is unfortunate that we humans have gotten to the point where we can’t self control. We can’t self govern ourselves to be ethical simply because that is the most enlightened and richly joyful way to be in this life.
It is sad that we can’t see that the true fruits of happiness and the true valor of a person lie in these principals alone and not the idiocies we have attributed them to: power, money, status, looks, etc.
I don’t see this world getting any better until each person can adapt a code of ethics for themselves and not the hypocritical kind most people seem to have where “me and mine” get away with it, but not “them and theirs”.
I, myself, have lived through riots. I lived on the same block where store fronts came down, buildings were burned, the streets were full of violence. It was scary, but I knew what they were fighting for. They wanted a voice. They wanted to be heard. They wanted justice. Some took advantage. Some took all their rage out on innocent people. There were consequences to be had.
But these things do not happen in a vacuum. If we truly can’t realize we are better together, if we can’t realize that we all have pretty much the same core needs, wants and fears, that we all have the same feelings, dreams and aspirations, that we all want to be happy…. if we can’t come together to support each other and truly give a fuck about each other simply because it’s the right thing to do, it’s the right way to live, it enriches our life to do so, then I guess we have to create all new systems to do it for us.
Sad to me to say this but something really does have to change. Something truly drastic has to happen to really create equity for everyone in this world. To really let humankind flourish equally, humanely, justly.
The time for words is over. We must really change things for ourselves, for future generations, for the entire world. It has to start somewhere, at some time. So I say, why not now?